I heard about this book last year from some of my creative friends but hadn't read it until today. (The full book is online if you click the above link)
I wonder what would happen if somehow this book was read to every single adult in America? I mean, this guy wrote the book for his kid - but I think we can all agree those of us over 21 need our fair share of creative inspiration. I consider myself an artist. I love to write and concoct stories full of hope and centered on what could be if we see the beauty in everything.
I'll be the first to admit sometimes, the creativity just isn't there. The desire isn't there. The what is sucks dry the what could be. I don't think it was meant to be this way.
Right now I'm reading The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani. It's rocking my world. The premise? Christianity has lost its imagination to the clutches of consumerism. According to Jethani, "consumerism is the dominant world view of North Americans. As such, it is competing with the kingdom of heaven for the hearts and imaginations of God's people." Looking around, there's not much battling his presumption. Christian retailers buy into the idea of "TESTAmints" and A Bread Crumb and Fish parodies - knowing we will see these purchases as proof of our greater faith.
The idea that the amount of Christian CD's, bumper stickers, videos, conferences, books, t-shirts and merchandise equates to our level of faith is highly absurd and deeply convicting.
We serve a mighty God. He is the Creator of the universe. Creativity and imagination is central to His character. Thomas Kelly says that "holy is the imagination, the gateway of Reality into our hearts."
I believe this and I think the world notices this as well. (Why do you think beauty - even in the twisted shape of lust - is so celebrated?) I believe God intended for His children to dig deep into their imaginative tendencies to create deep change within their society. We are not meant to look the same as the rest of the world. It's time we follow the dreams of our Father.
My challenge: read Dallas Clayton's book. Pay attention to your heart - the inner workings and stirrings of your core. Read it as it's intended: a letter from a Father to His child. After you're done, do something creative.
And more than anything, consider how He wants you to respond.
What is your biggest, most wildest and ridiculous dream?