One of my least favorite statements to hear anyone ever say is, “I’m not creative.”
It makes my blood boil a little bit every time I hear this sentence because it’s just simply not true.
Lately, God has been asking me to really focus in on the creative side of Him. And the more I do, the more I’m convinced that every person on this planet is creative.
The moment that the earth was breathed into existence was the moment that creativity sparked. And ever since then, that spark has been flamed into a raging fire that each and every one of us take part in.
You may have some “artsy” friends who are what you think of any time you think of the word “creative”, but the truth is that they are just creative in a way that you may not be. And that’s okay, because your creativity is just as important as theirs.
Where their creativity may be in art, music, writing, etc. your creativity may be in excel spreadsheets, cooking, lesson planning, list making, etc. You can’t tell me it doesn’t take creativity to make a good excel spreadsheet! That is one art that I am DEFINITELY not creative in, but one that I respect as a craft that has to be cultivated.
Your creativity may not look like hers, but my dear, you are far more creative than you ever give yourself credit for.
You may also think of artists when you think about being creative, but an artist is just a master of their art.
So here’s the secret that a lot of us miss out on… just because you’re not an artist, doesn’t mean you can’t be creative in that space.
I know full and well that I’m not an artist when it comes to drawing, however, I am a creative (as all human beings are), so I can give permission to myself to be creative through drawing.
Does that mean I’ll be any good at it? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy being creative with it! If I don’t expect myself to be an artist in a craft, there is so much more freedom to just create without expectation. It makes dreaming fun again!
When God created you and I out of dust (with grace) He immediately instilled within us the gift of creativity. The Bible says that we are made in His image, so that means that we have no choice but to be creative. You can cover up that desire and need to create and bury it deep down, but it never goes away.
If God is creative (and He most definitely is… Look how creative He had to get creating you, me, the sky, the flowers, etc.), then you are too. We are all creatives.
As creatives, let’s get out there and release our creativity.
Honestly, this is really easy for me as I tend to tap into the artsy side of creativity really easy, but it can be a challenge for those of you who are creative in left-brained activities. But this is a chance for you to step outside of your comfort zone and explore your creativeness!
God has been teaching me SO much by honing in on creativity and my place in this world as a creative. It’s been so life giving to discover that an artist is a mastery of his craft and that I don’t have to be that to explore creativity in different ways!
The more I have learned about our place as creatives, the more I’ve been able to appreciate the ways people around me are creative; especially the ones that aren’t “artsy” creative.
Weeding the garden? Creative.
Cleaning the house? Creative.
If you’re anything like me, reading this has really got your creative juices flowing. God is inspiring your need to create once again. So here’s 2 challenges that have been really building me up lately:
- Think of one thing that is your “craft”. One thing that you are either an artist in or that you’re on your way to being an artist in (don’t forget, it doesn’t just have to be the “artsy” stuff), then practice that. Find space today to do more of that!
- Get out of your comfort zone! Find one craft that you would love to do but are too scared to fail at. For me, this was drawing. I think it’s so much fun but it looks like a 3 year old got a hold of a pencil! But when I realized that I can’t fail because no one expects anything great to come from a craft that I’m not an artist at, I began to enjoy it so much more! For the next several days, practice that craft. Just enjoy it! You don’t have to share it with anyone, but let it be a time for you and God just to enjoy creativity together!
Get out there and create!