Friday, November 11, 2005

The mystery of creativity

Mark Daniels of Better Living shares his reflections on preaching and the mysterious "interplay of intellect, information, heart, desperation, and receptivity to God's Spirit and God's power that results in some new creation."

I understand exactly what Mark is saying, and on the subject of desperation I immediately thought of Johnson's wonderful quote:

Depend upon it, Sir, when a man know he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
Creativity requires study, preparation, hard work - and perhaps a threat or danger of some kind. Hasn't most of the greatest art, literature, music, or whatever come through great effort, difficulty, and desperation? And I find that as much as a love preaching, I am burned out on Sunday afternoon from giving my all.

If you are involved in "creating," does this hold true in your experience? Has your best stuff come from desperation, perspiration and struggle? Does it take something out of you? Could a computer ever be programmed to write the "greatest" symphony, sermon or novel?

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