Reading an older post by Donald Miller, regarding rituals he states:
“Most mornings I make my bed after I get up: I do this because it gives the day a feeling of organization as I start, but it is also a ritual. I make sure there is nothing on the floor in my room, and all the clothes are folded. While it may seem silly, I’ve been able to turn this ritual into a way to honor God. Bill Hybles says that excellence honors God. Making my bed is a way for me, as an adult, to honor my Father as the keeper and provider of my home. It’s not a right or wrong thing, just a ritual that I keep. And it’s a great way to start the day.”
I love the whole concept of excellence and honoring God. So I read this to my husband, Don, who had recently attended a city-wide pastors meeting hosting a presentation by Bill Hybles via video. In the meeting, Don said Hybles stated that excellence honors God, however he also talked about how excellence can be a hindrance to our creativity. I understood Hybles’ statement immediately! I live in it all the time.
In teaching my students the writing process, I have discovered some of them shut down in the creativity department once the rules of grammar are added into the equation. One of my friends who is a beautiful dancer, struggles with “letting go” and dancing freely in worship as opposed to feeling restricted to a beautifully choreographed dance. I personally experience the tension between excellence and creativity when it comes to writing. I wrestle with writing well and communicating correctly or simply writing more directly and “telling it like it is”. My desire to do it right sometimes feels like it restricts the flow of creativity in my heart.
I agree with the concept that excellence honors God and I agree that excellence sometimes hinders our creativity. I guess I am struggling with what to do about the tension between these two concepts. Any suggestions?
Does anyone else struggle with this? I would greatly appreciate any feedback you can give me!