Created To Create
Oh how I love this idea. My creativity (and yours) is not part of childish expression and it is not without value. In fact, it is extremely valuable.
I remember when my oldest was in kindergarten. One of the assignments was to color a zebra. The very mature kindergarten teacher (old-school) expected the zebra to be colored in a way that fit her idea of zebras. My son, being dyslexic and creative in his own way, colored the zebra a shade of purple and some other color. He failed the coloring exercise. Really?!? Failed a coloring exercise in kindergarten because he dared choose purple to color a fake zebra! I was so proud of him. Proud that he expressed his creativity on paper. Proud that he chose his mom’s favorite color purple. Proud that he used a color to express how he felt.
In Genesis 1:27 the Bible says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Note – this verse comes RIGHT AFTER God created all the world. He is a creator God….and we are made in His image….to create! It is not an accident – but by plan.
Creativity is something we all have. Do we all express it the same? No. How boring would that be? Here are just a few ways we all show creativity: creativity in written expression, in problem solving, in verbal expression, in visual arts, in music, in working with others, in thinking, in choosing our wardrobe or dinner. Seriously, all that we do is creative. No shame in this – we were created to be this way. It has value.
Every morning when I look up in the sky I see a beautiful new sunrise that God created for us – and a beautiful sunset each evening. New life with spring and summer, release and beginning dormancy in fall, and hibernation in winter. Every day brings something new. Each of these things remind me that I can create and that it is an expression of who I am and whose I am. I love that. You have it too!
Consider your way of creating. What does it look like, sound like, taste like, feel like? Do you see the value in it – in you? I hope so. Because the world would be terribly boring all in one color, one view, one sound, one picture, one voice.