One of the main focuses of God52 is the Spiritual Disciplines; the ancient tools by which we try to draw closer to God. When we think of the disciplines, we might immediately picture someone fasting, or sitting in total silence for a prolonged period. We may not immediately think of the discipline of celebration.
That’s right. Fun is a spiritual discipline. Party is a principle of the Kingdom of God. We aren’t just followers of the man who died on a cross; we’re a Resurrection People. We have much to be thankful for, and much to celebrate. Learning to celebrate our life and our faith is an important part of the Christian journey. So this week, we’re giving ourselves an opportunity to practice it:
29: Celebrate with someone
Celebration is defined by Richard Foster as one of the corporate disciplines; meaning we don’t just practice it on our own, but in community. So see this week as a great opportunity to organise a celebration with friends, relatives or members of your community. You don’t need a reason – just create a space where you can encourage, build up and enjoy one another.
Remember – party is a principle of the Kingdom! Let’s extend the Kingdom of God this week!
We’d love some guest blogs this week on the subject of celebration – if you’d like to write one, please read our writing guidelines, then drop us an email.
‘I’m a creative’, says the man in the fetching pink shirt and the trendy glasses. Let’s call him Quentin. Creativity is how he defines himself; it’s his key selling point at work, church and in everything he does. Creative Quentin, they call him.
But here’s the trouble with Quentin, and people like him. The idea that some people are ‘creatives’ makes the rest of us feel like we must be something else. Uncreative. Not creative. Short on ideas.
This is a fundamental misunderstanding of who we are as created beings. We are made in the image of the Creator – the most imaginative, idea-filled, creative being in the universe. So we have that seed of creativity within us – all of us do – it’s part of who we are.
So forget about Creative Quentin. You’re a creative too. And in this week’s challenge, you’re going to exercise that muscle:
24: Carve out some time to create something – a piece of artwork, a poem, an idea… anything you like
Find some rest time in the next seven days to explore your own God-given creativity. Put any ideas that you’re not creative to one side – just write, or paint, or pick up a musical instrument. Do it as a celebration of who you are as a created child of God; maybe even do it as an act of worship. There are no rules – except that you have to have some fun. Go play!
We’d love some guest blogs this week on the subject of creativity – if you’d like to write one, please read our writing guidelines, then drop us an email.