CALLING ALL CREATIVES!
So I don’t know about you, but this last month has been incredibly busy. Meaning time and the opportunity to just be seems to have quickly slipped away from me. In the midst of studying French verbs and trying to squeeze in the occasional gym session, I seemed to lose out on the time that I so value – to adventure, appreciate everything around me, and to create – whether that be writing, doodling or singing with a friend and their guitar.
This was until I realised something. In the Bible, King David was probably one of the best examples of a creative. He wrote the most beautiful songs to God, and despite his probably far busier life than mine – he still managed to use his creativity, not only to create something beautiful, but to worship the real King and creator through what he did. Plus, David’s art was his outlet, his prayer and his passion.
Firstly, I want to encourage you to (like David) take a break from this constant high-speed life to stop, appreciate the true beauty around you and channel your inner creative, actually setting aside time to create. Remember that many creative ideas are God-breathed, from the creator Himself. Therefore please never allow yourself to doubt your ability, because if it glorifies God, it is beautiful. The thing is – does God ever create anything other than beauty? (That’s a rhetorical question… but for those out there that might be thinking something different to what I’m getting at – The answer is NO!)
Secondly, a reminder, don’t allow your creativity to be driven by the desire for affirmation from others. It says in Colossians 3:23:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
Meaning all that really matters at the end of the day is your heart behind what you do, and what people say about it doesn’t really matter when the real reason behind your actions is to work for Jesus.
Later on this month, I was reading the creation story. In Genesis 1:27 it says:
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Now, this is not a new concept, but this just seemed to click and I realised “Oh my gosh! That doesn’t just mean I am made to look like God, with ten fingers and ten toes – it means that I am made in the IMAGE of the God who literally created the Heavens and the Earth, the stars, you and me and everything around us!”
If we were made in the image of our Father, then surely, whether we describe ourselves as creatives or not, we are created to make beautiful things as well?
I mean – if we could take on just a little bit of the creativity that God has, the things we could create are astounding. Many of us see creativity as a purely natural thing, HOWEVER, I want to challenge that. Creativity can be entirely inspired by the supernatural as well – Where God can place the ideas that HE has formed into our minds so that we can create something that does not only have a purpose in the natural – but has divine purpose, shaped in the very heart of God. I mean, if you think about it, going back to David, how crazy is it that we are still using his words to worship 2000 plus years later?! Somehow, I have a feeling this cannot just be through the strength of David, but rather through his partnership with his Father – showing us that when we partner with our Father in the pursuit of creativity, the extraordinary can happen.
So I want to encourage you, whether you see yourself as an artist, an author, a dreamer, or even if you don’t really see yourself as a typically creative type – give it a go!
So… To sum up everything up:
- Stop, take a moment to just be still and appreciate the beauty.
- Don’t let affirmation become the drive behind creativity.
- Worship The Ultimate Creator through creativity.
- And… YOU ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF THE ORIGINAL CREATOR.
So, my creative friends – have fun! And make something beautiful! Who knows, you might be the next CS Lewis, Michelangelo or Fitzgerald! Have fun!