What is our “Ultimate Creative Potential?” I believe that God made us to be creative beings. He gave each of us gifts and talents. Part of the joy of being human includes realizing what our gifts and talents are, developing them, and then finding a constructive use for them.
I also believe that God expects us to be co-creators with him of what we make of the life we’ve been given. He wants us to have a say in how we use our gifts. When we remember to bring him along in our decision-making, we are participating in an ultimate creative potential that just wouldn’t be the same, if we simply “usurped” life in a selfish manner.
A case could be made that our Ultimate Creative Potential is the same as “wholeness,” in which every part of our spirit and soul is in a state of health, fulfillment, and completeness. Can we ever arrive at such a place in this life? I believe that it’s possible, and that an untold number of women and men through the centuries have experienced such a phenomenon.
Abraham Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs” displays a chart of human needs in which the lower levels of needs have to be met before we can work on each next higher need. His highest level is called “self-actualization.” Self-actualization consists of fulfilling all you think you should achieve or accomplish and being exactly where and what you want to be.
My concept of our Ultimate Creative Potential in Christ includes that idea…and more. My concept includes the phrase “in Christ.” What I’m after here, is actualizing all the creativity that the Lord has given us with Him and in Him as our guide, our co-creator, our all in all.
I’m much more interested in Christ-actualization in us rather than mere self-actualization. How can we bring him to the front and center for our sake and the sake of others? My whole phrase is “Ultimate Creative Potential in Christ.” Our wholeness in Christ is what’s in my heart. Bringing Christ to the broken and hurting world is what’s in my heart. Asking him to help us become unstoppable forces for good in His Kingdom is what’s in my heart.
Getting there and adopting that way of life contains an entire journey through ups and downs, with adventures and misadventures, trials and healings from trials. That’s one of the reasons why we also need each other – a soul mate to go through the journey with us. I’ll write more about soul mates in another blog at a future date.
What do you think of the idea of “Christ-actualization?”
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And remember, you're awesome! May God bless you and hold you in the palm of His hand.
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