Have you ever doubted your creativity? Or, have you ever peeked at someone else’s creativity and wished you could have just a thimble-full of what they have?
I do. All. The. Time.
It’s so hard in this noisy world to not have doubts about our gifts and talents. I used to think that creativity was only about how well I could draw or paint (both of which are not my strengths). I often found myself measuring my value and worth against another person’s creative skills.
With social media being such a big part of our lives, it’s really hard not to compare ourselves to one another when we’re trying to find our own creative path.
For me, comparison became my every day posture. I began to feel like I couldn’t measure up so I began using the word “just” in front of everything I did.
I’m just a mom.
I’m just a wife.
I’m just a student.
I’m just a blogger.
I’m just a writer.
Until one day a beautiful friend dared me to take my hand away from my mouth and confidently state the gifts that God had given to me. The gifts that He had CREATED in me.
When God called the light out of darkness, when He pushed back the waters so dry land became visible, when he called the birds to the heights of heaven and the fish to the depths of the sea He didn’t waver or wonder. Not at all, He simply stated each beautiful part of creation and called it good.
With us though it was different. Of all the things He created, we are the only ones who bear His image. From the dust of the earth and the bone of man He breathed His very essence into us. He formed us from nothing and imbued us with His spirit. We are Imago Dei.
We are His image bearers.
I forget that sometimes. I forget how much of Him I carry with me in my every day. I forget that He created me wonderfully and beautifully. I forget that my own creativity was birthed first in His spirit, in His image.
Do you? Do you forget? Do you forget that your creativity is part of what links you to the heart of God? Do you forget that He has made you to shine in whatever way makes your heart feel the pulse of His purpose?
For some of you your creativity is more about organization then painting. For others, words dance across the page, while others find beauty in the neat columns and rows of an Excel spread sheet.
Some people see music like others see a sunset or the potential of a beautiful room before the cobwebs have been cleared.
The point is it doesn’t matter where your creativity lies. What matters is that you see your creativity, no matter what it is, as your worship to God.
Remember, He breathed into you and you breathe out Him in your own wonderfully, beautiful and creative way.
The Creator, created creators.
So be creative! Allow others to see creativity through your eyes, it will ultimately lead them to the heart of the Savior.