I attended a women's conference this past weekend called "Icing", hosted by Terri Savelle Foy. The conference was good - some great insight and practical tips on how to put fear, hindrances, and excuses aside and actively pursue the dreams/purpose God has put in us. However, the conference was not your typical conference. A few things stood out.
The decor included cakes, cupcakes, and even a machine that blew bubbles. Her volunteers were dressed in "Texas" big hair wigs - and the wigs were pink. During one session, she stopped in the middle of her teaching and had the pink haired volunteers bring out cupcakes. Because the theme this year is "Once Upon A Time", they showed a video of "Prince Charming" running through the city streets looking for the one who would "fit" a pair of designer shoes - and then someone in the audience of the conference was selected to receive said pair of shoes.
A couple of friends that also attended the conference kept commenting on how they've never been to a conference that did things that so creatively and clearly reflected the personality of the host.
I really admire her for doing what God told her to do while using the unique gifting and personality He gave specifically to her.
I think that today there are a lot of us that aren't comfortable in our own skin. We often find ourselves conforming to what we believe others will accept. Or, what has been pushed on us.
But God created each of us to specifically carryout our purpose using exactly what He gave us. Not imitating what He gave someone else.
And though I have thought myself to be an individualist - I discovered over the weekend that there is an area in my life where I do conform.
As I marveled and admired the volunteers buzzing around in their pink wigs, I realized that if I had thought of something similar - I would probably never implement it. Why? Because you just don't do that! I have only pushed the boundaries within a specific framework of what can be perceived as tradition. We call it contemporary.
Usually, contemporary doesn't "offend" tradition.
Usually, contemporary is just giving tradition a facelift.
The reason the religious leaders of Jesus' day wanted to kill Him was because He threatened their tradition. He went to known sinners' homes and ate dinner with them. He dared to show compassion and heal people on the Sabbath. He didn't follow the religious rites like ceremonially washing His hands before He ate. He allowed women to follow Him and learn from Him!
Jesus was not traditional. Jesus was radical. Jesus was out of the box.
I now realize that I don't think or act out of the box - I just give tradition a face lift. The really sad thing about it is that I thought I was more progressive than that. Only to discover I'm really not.
I really want to change that...
I believe God has uniquely equipped each of us to carryout His kingdom purposes that reflect His creativity.
He is the creator of all, is He not?
We are made in His image, aren't we?
The world has 7 billion people in it and not one of us have the same fingerprint!
Sine that is the case, what we do and who we are should reflect the distinct stamp He put on each of us.
I believe the church should be where the world looks to for innovation and creativity - not the other way around. We should be celebrating that we are a peculiar people and be our true authentic selves. Not duplicating and replicating the same ol', same ol' - and not just doing things with a "twist" either. We should be who we are in Christ using the creativity He has put in each of us. I believe it is there for the asking, but as with many things in our faith walk - we just haven't asked.
I think it's time out trying to emulate others and their ideas, especially if they are tied to the world. It is time to stand up and be who God made us to be.
Creative. Authentic. Unique. Radical.
Just like Him.
"God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him." (John 1:3 NLT)
Just Around the Corner,