Eric's Sunday Sermon; How to How Too And Faith
How do we overcome our fears?
I Always Wonder How I Can Love More.
There are millions and millions of “how to” articles out there. They say you can get a “how to” tutorial on 75% of things to do just at YouTube. Just plain old how to get it done. 40 years ago I was an avid “….For Dummies” Kind of guy. Just recently I saw one for cognitive therapy and another for defending yourself in a criminal trial. At least that is what they looked like on a quick glance. Well put that stuff times 300% squared and that is how much is out there on the internet.
Please check this out: How to Start a Religion (with Pictures) – wikiHow. Sorry but I only glanced at it but I don’t think it was satire. And why would it be. My eldest has married around 10 couples and he got his certificate/or whatever online. Loves God and hates religion.
Those facts are just perfect to reflect on when writing a sermon on the missing elements of How To. I have a friend named Linda Lum and she goes by Carb Diva sometimes and has a website called Creative Corner covering whatever she feels like. But the point of pointing out Linda is the concept of really getting to the matter of how to. She writes recipes? No she does not. She includes recipes in histories and social stuff about food. I mean informative yet creative. Somehow she gets the how to of the how to.
As good cooks, especially those from a home, often say; “make sure to add a healthy portion of love.” Have you ever noticed that some writers/marketers like to write about these sure fire ways for you to be healthy, happy and live forever. They insert how you are going to die if you do not stop eating this or that, only to find in the article a product you can buy which will cure you of this and that. Kind of like inverse How To Die. And mostly they lie by omission and do not call their articles “how to”. It is just interesting. Unless you fall for it and then it is sad and possibly some interstate criminal misrepresentations which if it targets seniors is very bad indeed. Basically a Nigeria scam as they like to use “Dr.”. Dr. Phil is cool he has a doctorate but is not a practicing doctor.
“How to use these five steps to a happier life”. I like that. It is like the above “How to start a religion.” Hmm, maybe I should give a How to read this sermon at the beginning of every one. For sure novelist should do it as we must assume most people do not know how to properly read the novel.
My Rose But Not My Creation
Create a New Creation in You
Now let us get to the real work of a creative person. While most think of a creative person as being in the arts like writing, sculpting, ballet, painting songwriting and so many more. But let us think of teachers creating minds of capability in his students. The physician using her knowledge to create plans for each patient and not just one size fits all. The tailor. The carpenter and the mechanic. No skill or creation is mastered by the How To.
A favorite notion that shows the difference quite well. The Preacher wrote 52 great sermons in 2,000. His creativity sponsored by heaven. Somehow he lost his creativity. He read the same sermons each week for years. The man became just a preacher and you could probably get his sermons as a how to preach notion.
Have you ever driven someplace frequently like to work and followed your GPS mapping and driving guide every day? You know the one with a voice you can pick. What I mean to say is that that device tells you how to get to work. Perhaps you have the fancy one that warns of gridlock and redirects you to another way How To get to work and you just followed. Isn’t that awesome. Do you make your spaghetti sauce How It Says To on the can?
Here we cannot say we are guilty of doing the above for if we did we would all be in creativity jail. And our creativity sentenced to death via atrophy. If you ever did outreach in a prison you would note that inmates would come listen to whatever BS you were selling in order to get points and get out of something else. This and other things show us that a person living in the most How to and when to environment can be creative.
So what enables a creative mindset and soulset? I wonder about this deeply. A walk through nature it inspires this writer to write of beauty and majesty that we enjoy as a connection to God which is love. This is a perfect way to see a distinction. Inspiration from earth and a muse angel spiritual inspiration. They a different even in this wonderful pure setting. And so how much less is inspiration from society or call that How To?! Perhaps it is a human fear that separates the two.
Beauty Comes From Where?
First let us get over any issue with Muses. Yes the name comes from the Greeks. That was an anthropomorphic time. (all things made into man like items) Calliope ( writing), Clio (history), Euterpe (lyric poetry and kind of music), Thalia ( pastoral, maybe comedy), Melpomene (tragedy) Terpsichore (dance), Erato (love poetry), Polyhymnia (sacred poetry), Urania (astronomy). And do not get caught up in my summary derived from “how to” type sources for expediency. That is just personification like the Greeks like to label the spiritual godlike categories, kind of. Point is you can understand them without being a pagan.
Personally I like angels as I named my youngest Gabriel.
But putting a name on the concept of receiving something in the spiritual kind of limits us. It needs to be a gut check and not a how to.
Here is the theory about how to connect. Whatever we create is already there. But somehow out of the ethereal we are actually bestowed it. That level of “above us” is set to human. They have it but cannot bring it to earth except through you and I. That is real creativity. Being open to receive. Resist that and you have betrayed your fellow man. Overcome the internal resistance and give gifts of love to your fellow.
I have two issues when writing these creative sermons. The first is intellectualizing. Although this is good in preparation to receive, it must not become an impediment. The second is sharing it with others, call me nervous Nelly but sometimes I freeze over the publish button. Not to mention the person to person real sharing. But I am buffeted from downright sinning as above because most of my writing is to open the door toward you overcoming the fear. By communicating the commonalities we have, the fear goes a bit to the side giving us a leeway to squeeze through to accept that which comes from the already. In common parlance; open to ideas and the willingness to accept the challenge to create for others.
So the big HOW TO HOW TOO is about the me too. If Billy Bob can listen to sometimes inner voices and sometimes outer voices and create so can I. Me too! Eric also. But not of Eric of something far more important. This sermon was written by me but not mine.