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Feb
06

Daily Rituals

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A lot of people think creativity comes in waves of inspiration where poetry, music and art just “happen.” According to Mason Curry’s book, Daily Rituals, nothing could be farther from the truth. Curry found an interest in the work habits of creatives and researched the daily work rituals of 161 artists, composers, poets, writers and inventors. His research is chronicled in his book.

Devoting 1 to 3 pages to each person, Curry’s work reveals two important findings. First, those who create view their creative process as work rather than some inspired movement. Second, those who create treat their craft as a job, sticking closely to a disciplined regiment that seldom varied.

If you are a creative person or even have an interest in creativity you’ll enjoy this book. Curry abolishes several myths about creative people and does so in an interesting fashion. I highly recommend it.

Categories : Art, Books, Creativity
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Feb
18

The Shadow of the Cross

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There is a famous painting by Holman Hunt, leader of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, titled The Shadow of Death. The picture depicts Jesus standing inside the carpenter’s shop in Nazareth. He is standing by a wooden trestle on which he has laid down his saw. He stands with his eyes fixed toward heaven and arms stretched outward. As he pauses from his work in this posture, the sunlight casts a shadow in the form of a cross on the wall behind him.

Hunt did the painting from a rooftop in Jerusalem in the early 1870’s. While it is historically fictitious, it is theologically true. Jesus was born for this purpose: to give his life on the cross for our sin. His life was not taken from him for he gave it willingly. Jesus’ mission was the cross. Ours is the same. As we begin to turn our attention toward Easter, may our hearts be filled with praise and worship of the “lamb who was slain.” May we commit ourselves in a new, fresh way and continue the mission Jesus began.

Categories : Art, Cross, Easter
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