The innocence of a child lives in their lack of experiences that would mold the way that they think. Children have uninhibited creativity because they’ve never experienced a reality that reveals anything else.
We exhibit snippets of this type of artistry and vision as adults but it usually lies within a context rather than an unbridled inventiveness. Many of our hobbies, as adults, are determined by things that encourage us to operate in the kind of liberation that a child has.
Photography, music, entrepreneurship provide this kind of outlet for me; for some people it’s painting or cooking. Writing is like this for me. If I can separate myself from the reality around me, when I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), I release a creative aspect that is inside of me because there’s no risk in that moment. It’s pure and unadulterated by fear and past experience.
I understand that what I write has an impact on people, and there is consequence in it because I feel a responsibility to impact people in a certain way. Despite that, before I ever think about publishing, before I’m ever concerned with how people will respond to my word choice, I’m just writing an unconstrained runaway thought that appeals to my heart and creative nature.
We lose a lot of that innovativeness as we grow up. Life assumes it’s unrelenting roll of robbing us of our innocence and it’s often our creativity that suffers; which is tragic because creativity is something that God the creator holds immeasurably close to his heart. We were created by the Creator to be creators.
We get so afraid of dreaming too big because of past experiences and all of a sudden our dreams become bottlenecked into things that we can actually manage on our own.
But dreams were always supposed to be beyond us; entities that require the investments of other amazing people in order for them to become reality, because the original purpose of a dream was always to create community and relationship.
We know this because God created something and then brought man into the creative process with Him; not because He needed us, but because His entire end-game was to cultivate relationship. In Genesis 1, God created everything and then brought us into that process by asking man to name all of the animals that He had created; because God wanted a co-laboring (collaborative) relationship.
In the natural, our creativity and thoughts become molded by the experiences that we’ve had and it crushes our potential. In the Kingdom our experiences are molded by the creative thoughts that we have and creativity becomes a measuring stick for the degree to which we will experience God’s creative miracles in our lives.
This is why it’s so important to maintain a creative nature, because wherever we’re committed to expressing our creativity is where we’ll see the manifestation of the Kingdom the most. If you commit your creativity to partnering with God and creating music, then music is where you’re going to see a manifestation of the Kingdom. If you commit your creativity to seeing God revealed through the way that you engage in business, then business is where you’ll see a manifestation of the Kingdom.
Bottom line, there will be experiences that we all have that will try to rob us of our inspiration and creativity. Letting those experiences dictate how we dream, in it’s most fundamental sense, is relying on our understanding rather than knowledge of who God is (Proverbs 3:5). When we submit our creativity to the traumas of life we strangulate our potential to do something incredible. But when we rely on the nature of God to fuel how we perceive reality then we dream beyond our experience and we start to see Heaven invade earth.
We were created to be a generation of dreamers, but we have to dream from the knowledge that we’re children of the King. Peasants dream of a hot meal or shelter for a season which is fading. Princes dream in ways that impact nations for generations.