Friday, August 28, 2009

Finding Divine Inspiration

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. ~Martha Graham

I am writing this from one of my favourite Caf├ęs on Hunter Street – Black Honey...Check it out if you are ever in town (they have the best is fair trade and good also). My modem has been down for a while (far too long!!) and I have been wanting to blog, but I have been unable to get online for any significant amount of time – thus, I am writing this in Microsoft Word. I am doing what others in my situation do: get creative and make it work through other means.

That being said, I wanted to pass on a good book that some of you may be interested in. Actually, I believe that this book would be a benefit to anybody from the artist-types to leaders and parents. The book is J. Scott McElroy’s Finding Divine Inspiration-Working with the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity.

Mr. McElroy takes us through the concept of partnering with the Holy Spirit in our endeavour to create...whatever “creating” we are called to engage in. He gives the reader practical advice and examples throughout history of partnering with the Holy Spirit and how collaboration has impacted the individual and society. He includes interviews with Thomas Blackshear and Peter Furler among others, and their experiences in deliberately collaborating with the Holy Spirit, which I found very insightful and even familiar to my own experience. Mr. McElroy emphasizes the importance of developing a listening lifestyle. Working with our Creator in our life calling is an exciting, fulfilling journey that can sometimes be surprising, but always meaningful.

We definitely have a part to do in finding divine inspiration. We apply ourselves, develop our skills, grow in our craft. We turn our wills toward Him, discipline ourselves to practice a listening lifestyle and obey what He speaks to us. We stand against the attacks of the enemy and move forward in faith. And God meets us as we move toward Him. He provides the direction on what to do and how to do it. He inspires us with Holy Spirit light and revelation. He opens the doors of opportunity and brings us to the right places in the right timing. And He brings the anointing on the message that gives the work the impact He wants. ~J. Scott McElroy

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