I grew up creating: writing stories, painting, and even tinkering around on the piano. Some people–my husband included–would claim a void of creative bones, but I disagree. Since we are made in the image of Almighty God, the Supreme Creator, we have the mirrored desires to create. And we shine His nature in us when we do. No, not everyone can become a Monet or Mozart, but we are all equipped to create. My daughter’s creative outlet seems to be baking, imagining and trying new recipes. My son loves to construct Lego ideas without direction manuals. I escape in the world of words.
“Experts say creativity is not a personality trait that some people are born with and some are not. We are all wired to be creative and to keep learning throughout our lives. It’s never too late to start pursuing creative projects.” (Omega Institute)
When we choose to design something marvelous and meaningful, we reflect the majestic Creator. So, don’t feel discouraged if you think you have nothing to contribute. As said, there’s nothing new under the sun, and yet, we continue to explore and invent. We continue to put words together and compose music and smear paint on canvases. And all these actions can be a melodious chorus of worship to our Creator, as well as an outlet for us. Even if your work is a “joyful noise,” do it unto Him. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
When we choose to imagine and dream, and then do, we are giving voice to our inner spirits. Art helps you discover, analyze and expand your personality. It helps you cope with emotions and stress. It allows you the freedom to safe and introspective. Art asks the question, “Who am I and who do I want to become?” And, “How do I uncover that ideal more fully?”
Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso
Art also takes us outside ourselves and helps us to see our place in the world. We are not as large as we might imagine and yet, we are of eternal value. Art allows us to explore ourselves but also the unexplored (deep space, heaven and hell, etc.).
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~Albert Einstein
When we choose to offer our creativity to the world, we serve it. Art has the power to show empathy and deep emotional connection; it can speak to a person’s soul, “Me too.” It’s an invitation to rest, an invitation to explore, and a welcome home of hospitality. When we share what we’ve created, we say, “I am offering this to you as a gift–for no particular reason other than love.” When my children draw me pictures from their imagination and paint flowers in a vase or sculpt Playdoh into animals, they are appealing for praise, sure, but more than that: they are saying “Come into my world with me.”
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~Pablo Picasso
The takeaway: creativity reflects our Creator, it benefits our spirits, and it can be used to serve the world around us. So, don’t see it as frivolity. See it as a necessary aspect of our empathetic humanity.
Still don’t know what to explore? Try this fun little test or check out this list of ideas for creating an outlet for yourself. Try something new and don’t worry about the outcome; just enjoy the process of creating.
- writing short stories
- playing an instrument
- web design
- mural painting
- song writing
- writing book reviews
Take this test to reveal more of your creative inner working.