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Abiding, Risking, Creating

Ken RobinsonKen Robinson was the commencement speaker for the VCU Brandcenter graduation last weekend. Robinson has written two books, Out of Our Minds and The Element, and is a well-traveled speaker on the topic of creativity.

He was talking about the importance of taking risks. Robinson concluded his challenge to the graduates by quoting French philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

“Instead of standing on the shore and proving to ourselves that the ocean cannot carry us, let us venture on its waters just to see.”

Robinson said, “That is the great principle of the creative spirit. You don’t know the outcome, but you have to trust in your own creative impulses to bring about something worthwhile.”

I think those creative impulses are the Spirit of God living within us. If we take time, have patience, and listen carefully to what God is whispering to us through those impulses, we find the full meaning of what Jesus was talking about in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”