*Revised from June 16, 2014
I have since I can remember, held firm to the belief that in any form of art, one must know the rules before they can properly break them, (thank you, Pablo Picasso). Being a person that is still learning to go through the process of things, I find that I often remind myself of this truth; learn the rules and then break them. Break them through revelation.
In art, in writing, there are set rules for the ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s.’ Why does this color go with this one? Why must I tone my canvas before starting to paint? Why do I need to be concerned with the first-person narrative versus the third person?
You get the drift.
Creating, and being good at it, involves knowledge but it also includes a great level of instinct. Both go hand in hand. Rules will only take you so far but instinct powered by Revelation can take you to heights you never dreamed of.
So what is the difference between the two; Rules and Revelation?
- principle governing conduct: an authoritative principle set forth to guide behavior or action the rules of the game
- usual condition: a prevailing condition or quality *
- information revealed: information that is newly disclosed, especially surprising or valuable information
- surprising thing: a surprisingly good or valuable experience
- disclosure: the revealing of something previously hidden or secret
In short, Rules are there to set safe boundaries, make sure you are building on a firm foundation. Revelation comes to show us how to safely go beyond those boundaries into depths we have not known. (Come on, be honest, how many of us really follow the rules when we play Monopoly? My point exactly! Each family has its own fantastic revelation on how to play the game despite the written rules.)
For the last several years, I, as a rule, have set June aside as a month to push myself beyond my limits and write like a mad person to reach a goal…have a novel within 30 days from start to finish. RULE.
But ever since I went to Europe I have purposed and thrived in flowing with the Revelation that I can create and I can do it well through faith in Christ Jesus. That even though striving to honor the rule is ‘honorable’ for lack of a better word, following instinct and thus taking hold of greater Revelation, is far more valuable. More beauty comes from my craft through the vehicle of Revelation.
The beauty of both is that the certain rules giver birth to revelations about the abilities inside of me.
I like to think of Rules as Gravity while Revelation is Aerodynamics: gravity says what goes up must come down or stay grounded and tethered. Aerodynamics says take flight and only land when you are out of gas!
One law is greater than the other even though both are relevant. It is up to each of us to use them wisely.
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!
*Definitions found via Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2003. © 1993-2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.