Do you see yourself as a creator? Do you see yourself as creative? What does that term even mean anyway? Maybe it looks like those artsy women who wear cute red glasses and have an artistic talent and hobby like painting or poetry.
I CAN NOT paint or draw or "poetry" for the life of me ya'll. Sure, I'm a photographer and I consider my photography art but what else am I really creating and what's the significance of my photos? Will this couple or will this family really cherish these little documented moments like I mean for them to? And, what if not?
In the face of any kind of creating there are those daunting questions. It's scary to be vulnerable, to put yourself out there like that. For someone to put their heart into a piece of tangible (or non tangible) piece of art, or curated thing, is HARD. It's not a cake walk to reveal this amazing, imaginative idea or thought to those who just may not get it. Who may not see it.
What exactly is the "it", though? I have been asking myself this question for a while now. Who says that true creativity has to be in the form of an artistic piece, whether it be music, painting, photography, cooking ect. What if we reformed the idea of true, deepening creativity and saw it as something bigger?
What if we saw creativity as the art of living and producing, producing anything with our hands because here's the thing...every human being was made to create. To cultivate. To thrive in the production of something. We were called to delight in our creativity. I think we should all say this together, loud and confidently.
My point is this ladies: I don't care if you can't even hold a paintbrush or a pencil. You are creative in the way that you breath. Creativity comes from your existence...and here's why.
As human beings, we were made in the image of God. The Imago Dei. And He is the most creative Being in the entire existence. Everyday He is creating, He is making, He is reforming. He is not idle and His hands were calloused with hard work and His heart was beating as He was active on earth, producing and moving forward in the simplest of ways.
I can't say this any better than how Edith Schaeffer puts it in her book The Hidden Art of Homemaking:
" But the heart of discovery is this: we are created in the likeness of the [ultimate] Creator. [Therefore] We are created in the image of a Creator. So we are, on the finite level, people who create. Why can man think of many things in his mind, and choose, and then bring forth something that other people can taste, smell, feel, hear and see? Because man was created in the image of a Creator. Man was created that he might create. It is not a waste of man's time to be creative. It is not a waste to pursue artistic or scientific pursuits in creativity, because this is what man was made to be able to do. He was made in the image of a Creator, and given the capacity to create-on a finite level of course, needing to use the materials already created-but he is still the creature of the Creator."
I really really love this paragraph from Schaeffer's book. It's the perfect description of who man really is in light of God, the ultimate Creator. I will be referencing her book a lot on this blog in the future, as I feel that it perfectly supports the ideas that I am longing to communicate to this community. This passage really inspired this blog post, actually. I will put a link at the bottom of this post for you to check it out. I highly recommend that you do ;)
With all this said, I know what some of you may be thinking, " yeah, I get it. That's great. But what am I really doing in this "creative" body of mine? What do I create that's beautiful and worth noticing"
I'm glad you asked! I have compiled a list of some things that I believe the Lord has put on my heart and mind in the past few months (or years even?) that are those hidden little every day things that scream of your creativity and likeness of your Creator!
*You know that dinner you made last night? Yeah, you contributed your creative powers to that. In fact, you provided something for your body that you knew it needed and you produced it and used it to the best of it's ability. You created. You produced. You ate and enjoyed ( I hope ) and maybe even provided those same basic necessities for a family (if you live with one!) There is something powerful in the fact that you are able to be creative in a thousand different ways while providing nourishment for your body. I just really love that.
* Communication! Who says letter writing isn't an art form? We are natural communicators! We thrive off of communication, daily. Pick up that pen, write an ole' fashion letter to your friend, neighbor or spouse. You have communicated and created conversations and a welcoming, encouraging atmosphere. Tadah.
*Sing. Dance. Be present. Love others...these are all ways of beautifully and creatively cultivating the space around us as we face the daily and glorious mundane of life.
There are SO many more ways to find that you're being a creator in your daily life. These are just a handful of thoughts that I have compiled to get this conversation started. So, here's to delighting in our creativity that is ours just from being human.
Link to Edith Schaeffer's The Hidden Art of Homemaking:https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Art-Homemaking-Edith-Schaeffer/dp/0842313982/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523906177&sr=1-1&keywords=the+hidden+art+of+homemaking&dpID=41pKrEoDrZL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch