I have been a longtime fan of the cartoon strip, “Calvin and Hobbes.” Often I have been impressed by both the wit and the wisdom of this little boy and his pet tiger. Recently I found this conversation between the two main characters that perfectly captured my orientation to being creative. Calvin said, “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood,” to which Hobbes asked, “What mood is that?” Calvin replied, “Last-minute panic.”
This week I will be preaching in both the 8:30 DiscipleChurch service as well as the nine:thirty-nine and eleven:eleven celebrations. The theme given to me by the latter service was “Persistence,” fifth in the series on “Creativity.” As I thought about persistence in the ways we can co-create with God, in the ways in which we invest our lives, I began to feel inklings of guilt. What was I doing with my everyday life? How was I being creative with all that God has given me? I was so engrossed in these thoughts that I began to feel not only guilty, but overwhelmed! So I took a nap and decided I’d think more about that tomorrow.
Now it’s tomorrow — or, to be honest, the tomorrow after tomorrow — and I’ve got to get this blog written and then the sermons finished. “Carpe diem!” I said aloud as I got started this morning . . . and yesterday morning . . . and the morning before that.
Mary Oliver once asked, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” God gives us life and invites us to participate in co-creating life and God’s kingdom around us. And what do we do? We act as if it’s some far-off, lofty notion when, in fact, it’s a choice we make in every moment of every day. What keeps us from “getting going?”
So this Sunday let’s look together at the small yet significant ways we are co-creating with our Creator and Creating God.
And speaking of creating with God: my favorite vocalist and songwriter, Elizabeth Wills, will be joining us this Sunday for nine:thirty-nine and eleven:eleven celebration! Not only will she be sharing music of her own creation, but sharing her own insights into “carpe diem” with God!
Sunday, May 1
DiscipleChurch | 8:30 am | Chapel
nine:thirty-nine | eleven:eleven celebration
9:39 & 11:11 am | Wesley Hall
Special Musical Guest: Elizabeth Wills
Calvin: “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
Hobbes: “What mood is that?”
Calvin: “Last-minute panic.”
— Bill Watterson, “Calvin and Hobbes”
“Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.”
— Ellen DeGeneres
“God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.”
— Augustine of Hippo
We don’t have to be a particularly great thinker, an impressively talented painter, or a gifted musician or writer or performer. In fact, most of us create in much less spectacular ways. But we do create, don’t we? Create peace in relationships. Create opportunities for encouraging one another. Create inspiration through our generosity. Create love in the ways we love.
Rev. Linda McDermott