For about three years I led a Christ Care Group and our theme was Creativity. We were all created by the most creative of all - God. I loved leading this group because we discussed literature, music, art, books, theater. Well, this list went on and on. We also discussed putting God in our work since he was the one who gave us this talent to begin with.
I remember one of the books I picked to study was Scribbling in the Sand by Michael Card. It begins with this story, though without listing the verse or using Biblical text, with John 8:1-12. The Bible passages are:
1Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
2And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
What did Jesus write in the sand? While we are on this earth we will probably never know, but I am very curious.
The book is about creativity and the call to create. I highly recommend this book, and the study guide for any inpirational/Christian author. I enjoyed it and it often put things into perspective for me.
The reason I am returning to a book I read at least 2 years ago is because one of the members e-mailed me a devotional she read and thought I would appreciate. I sure did and I am sharing the link with you. http://lists.proverbs31.org/lt/t_go.php?i=579&e=MjkzMDc=&l=-http--proverbs31devotions.blogspot.com/2010/07/rediscovering-creativity.html. By the way, this link worked originally and now it doesn't. I am so techno challenged. Even if the link doesn't work, it is worth highlighting and pasting in to a search box.
The reason My Christ Care Group no longer meets is because some went back to school and ended up with night classes, another was continuing his educatin online (with a family and fulltime job) and needed every minute to stude and write papers. A few others work schedules changed and two moved out of state. At least I know it was not my leadership skills- lol. But, I do miss my group. We had some awesome times together and I think I could share anything with this group of individuals and never be judged. We loved each other and we bonded. The whole purpose of a Christ Care Group. I hope you have a similar type of group you belong to.