What does being creative mean to you? Often people have a tendency to stereotype the concept of creativity and limit it to drawing or painting and singing or playing an instrument. During the process of writing my book, I talked with a lot of people about this subject and it was fun to glean ideas from those who were using their talents. But it was also sad to hear so many people say, “I’m not creative.” What they probably meant was, “I can’t draw and I can’t play an instrument.” The fact is: we were all Created to be Creative.
My Book starts with this paragraph: “All creativity begins with God, but it does not end there. Genesis 1:27 tells us we are created in the image of God. Through this divine connection, creative potential passed from heaven to earth, from God to man. By doing so, our Creator established a way to interact with humanity, making us partakers of His nature.”
This is profound, and yet, simple. Profound because it’s amazing to realize the omnipotent God, the Creator of heaven and earth, would choose to form us in such a unique and matchless way – in His image. Simple because He put us in an environment where we can take on His creative nature. Where we have the ability to express ourselves in endless creative ways. The choice is ours, whether we will act upon these innate creative desires and gain from their experiences, or let them remain dormant with no constructive results.
Taking creative action is invigorating in much the same way runners get an adrenaline rush. They feel better even when not participating in a race; the run alone brings a degree of physical and emotional fulfillment. Also, just as runners become stronger and can endure more the longer they run, so our creative abilities can grow and become better with practice. We can challenge ourselves to push past familiar boundaries.
When we purpose to learn new things and experiment with different creative outlets, not only do our skillsets improve, but we gain confidence and become more productive. Open your heart, as well as your eyes to see what ignites a spark of interest. If you already have a creative outlet, don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to just that one. Sometimes trying new things ends up rejuvenating your creative desire and output.
Through what outlets do you express your creativity? This is a great question to ask yourself, and a good one to dig deeper into if you are unsure of the answer. The thought process alone can motivate. But also be sure to take action, because like most things in life, if we don’t faithfully work at our objective, it will quickly lose its appeal. Seeing progress on the other hand, cheers us on to complete creative projects and start new ones!
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to discover your creative side and start this amazing and fulfilling journey.
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I’m the author of Created to be Creative
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