This is an entry from a previous blog I thought was worth re-posting in this new format. Love to create some dialog around this topic. What do you think?
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to play golf with the principal of Ben Davis High School. Not only is BD one of the largest high schools in Indiana, it is also my alma mater (purple and white class of ’92 baby!). Ben Davis is a quality institution and really a hub of life and culture on the west side of Indianapolis. So as much as I wanted to make the day just about golf, the spiritual leader in me had to utilize the opportunity to explore the mind of this man who daily interacts with thousands of students that represent the future of this community.
“What is the biggest challenge you see for our city through the lives of your students?” I asked. The dialog didn’t last long but it was amazingly insightful. The answer: loss of hope. “Many of these kids do not see a future for themselves beyond high school,” he said. “When they look out past year 12 there’s simply nothing there.” When hope for the future is gone we begin to live for the moment, or worse yet, we stop living altogether.
The imagination is the birthplace of creativity, but loss of hope kills the imagination. Reality swallows potential and dreams shrivel. And when dreams die, imagination disappears; creativity becomes non-existent, and life loses purpose.
Vision is the birthplace of hope.
Hope is the fuel of imagination.
Imagination is the seed of creativity.
And creativity is the breath of life.
The very first expression we see of God in His Word is as the Creator. “God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature.” (Gen. 1:27 MSG). Creativity is a signal that the very nature of God resides in us. I firmly believe that The Church should be the most creative entity on planet earth! So why is that rarely true?
Because churches drift. We lose focus. Vision becomes blurry and hope begins to die. Our imaginations grow cobwebs and creativity for the future gives way to memories of the past. We become just like those high school students that see no picture for their lives beyond senior year. God’s church and God’s people, the hope of the world, becomes lifeless and predictable. Hardly a picture that rightly represents the everlasting God of the universe. So what do we do?
Vision is everything. If you are a community leader, creative leader, church leader, a mom or dad (if anyone is following you in any way), clear and compelling vision must be your mantra. When you look out beyond tomorrow for your life, your community, your church, your family, whatever you lead…what do you see? What picture has God painted on your heart? Share it! Again, and again, and again, and again. That vision becomes the birthplace of hope that will lead to unbridled imagination and creativity. It will lead to life.