As one who is a creative, I am always interested in trying to understand and figure out the best space to create from. I am constantly trying to learn from the methods other creatives use as well. How do they operate when they begin to create? Do they prefer a special time? Place? Mood? Routine? I have discovered that the space that we create from is just as an integral part as the rest of the creative process. When I say “space,” I am referring to that crucial place that we create from. The place that we create from is what we initially bring to the process. So, as you could imagine, it is important to understand the place that we are creating from. It is so important to be dialed into the space from which we create.
AN EXPRESSION OF WHO WE ARE
Creating is a process that is an absolute expression of who we are down to the deepest core of us. It’s meant to be raw, messy at times, and always real. So the space that we create from is where this is initially drawn out of us. As one who creates as an offering to and for God, I have found that this space is dauntingly crucial and of vast importance, as God calls us to bring our very best offerings to Him. And so after spending time in John 15 this past week, I was led to discover what this space should be and look like.
AND THAT SPACE IS ABIDE
Let’s look at John 15:4-8.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (ESV)
The word abide, in the context of Jesus speaking in this passage, means to be intimately connected with something. Just as the branch is intimately connected with the vine, so as to bear much fruit, so are we to be intimately connected with the One who gives life to the full. What does this look like? For us to abide in Him, that means our whole being is to be found and remain in Him alone. The only way in which we can be most fruitful is when every aspect of our life is found in surrender to Him.
This is the space we create most meaningfully from.
WE CREATE FOR HIM
This passage is so challenging to me because it has opened my own eyes to where I fall short in life. And we will always fall short. But as we abide in Him, we find His love and forgiveness and grace to meet us, and fill us with His joy. As a response, we create for Him. From that place, that space, we create our most meaningful offerings. The best of fruit is found in this space. I have found this to be so true in my life and in my work.
As creatives, let our space that we create from always be the space of abiding in Him. It is here we flourish, and it is here that our very best offerings are lifted.