#012: Why You Should Be More Creative [Podcast]

Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Maybe in the hustle of life you gave up painting pictures, playing the guitar, or writing a screenplay. Do you want to start a charity.

Why don’t you? The theology of being creative. God is a creator and He delights in His children being creative.

I’m going to give you a three step process on how you can overcome the resistance in your life and release your creative powers.


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“Why You Should Be More Creative”

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1) Proverb of the Week:
Proverbs 30:8-9

2) Tip of the Week:
Start Sweating. Flush your body and oxygenate your brain!

Beta Test: Saint of the Week:

Here’s the robot of Saint Didacus that I talked about in today’s podcast:

3) Featured Segment:
3 Steps to Being More Creative

4) Latin Word of the Week:

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  • RDGStout

    Yes, it was Tolkien who said that our creativity is participation in God’s creativity, though it was recounted by Lewis from a conversation that the two of them had. Lewis credited this dialogue with Tolkien as converting him to Christ.

  • I loved this podcast, Dr. Marshall!! It was definitely what I had been thinking about and praying about regarding designing and starting back to blogging for the New Evangelization. I had just stopped completely about 2 years ago. Can’t believe how I just got this “answer to my prayer” so out of the blue about not “wasting creativity”. I think I may have lost a lot of mine since I haven’t used it in a long time. But, it’s all “gift” and God will bless it if we do our part! BTW, I gave you a 5 star review and rating on iTunes but I couldn’t find it 🙁 I tried again a few moments ago. Hopefully it will show up. You deserve 10 stars for all you do for Our Lord’s kingdom work! Peace and blessings to you, Joy and you beautiful family!

    • Dear Teri,

      Thank you so much for the kind words and for the review. You’re the best.

      • You are quite welcome…but the thanks definitely goes to you and for you! I love, love, love what one reviewer said speaking of you, Dr. Marshall, “He’s The Guy You Wish Was In Your Parish!”. I think we all wish that!

  • Michael

    Dr. Marshall, Brilliant podcast! I really enjoyed the discussion on creativity as I’ve had a project on my mind for a long time time, but the voice in my head has persuaded me that it would be a waste of precious time. Thanks for the motivation! Also, thanks for the forward thinking approach to being a Catholic–I think it is what we need to re-evangelize the world.
    On another topic, do you have any recommendations for helping babies sleep through the night? We have a nine-month old who is still waking up two or three times a night and it is really affecting us.

    • Michael,

      We have a 5 month old doing the same thing.

      Here’s what I’ve discovered: Babies wake up at night. They just do.

      You can’t fix the baby. Instead, you need to help each other.

      Learn power naps. Let each other sleep in. Go to bed earlier. Plan weekends to be times of rest and recovery.

      We now plan that our first 5 months after a baby birth is going to be tiring and life will be tough.

      You’re almost out of the home stretch. You can make it!

    • JMJT

      I hesitate to offer this because I had an only child and was working 3 days per week from 4pm till 12mn when he was a baby..but here is what I did: On the advice of another evening nurse, I kept the baby on my schedule . If he could stay awake till 2 or 3am when I went to bed , I let him. I made sure he was nourished and comfortable when it was time for us to go to bed. By that I mean a night time snack +/or bottle,
      clean and dry nappy and clothing….clothing that was appropriate for the temperature of the room but not dependent on blankets which can come off. In winter this meant a blanket sleeper with feet. He also had a wind up music toy attached to the bed which we played before his birth and every night at bedtime while he was a baby. By 9 months I did not hear a peep usually until 10 am.!

      This plan worked well , and only the first 2 or 3 months were troublesome due to his stomach problems which necessitated a few formula changes ( breast feeding was only minimally successful). He also needed to start on cereal early due to the fact he was a large infant.The cereal calmed him quite a bit .Those first 2 months were very , very difficult and I often walked the floors for an hour or more with him in a baby carrier to calm him. Thanks be to God, just when I thought I could not stand this any longer it was suddenly over, and I awakened early one morning realizing that the most amazing thing had happened..he had slept through the night. From that day on , things got increasingly easy.I have always been a bit of a night owl, and my son seems to be one also….so that was a blessing too.

  • JMJT

    Dr. Marshall,
    In answer to your request for input , I would like to hear more about the lives of the saints and the things they have written. An interesting question and answer sometimes is good also . So , I vote for both , but more from the saints. I strongly dislike fiction about saints because it becomes mixed with fact and in time distorts the life of a saint , so I think it is a disservice to both the saint and the faithful who endeavor to learn from his life , good works, and writings.
    Sorry if this is not in the right place on your site, but it was the best I could do in locating a place to answer.

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  • MPR

    This was great! It definitely gave me the encouragement I need.
    Thanks, Dr. Marshall!
    +God bless

  • posercom

    Very inspiring Dr. Marshall.