“Creativity is how I share my soul with the world”-Brené Brown.
As we continue with our Be Transformed series, this week we’ll take a look at creative expression. What does it mean to create? To call yourself creative? We’ll look at our ultimate example and the world’s first creative: God.
First, let’s start by defining the words create and creative. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, to create is to make or bring into existence something new.
We see this happen in Genesis, just in the first verse it tells us: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” In fact, the entire chapter (Genesis 1), is about everything God created in that first week: oceans, land, food, vegetation, animals, humans, etc.
God brought into existence all these things that were new and have never existed before.
So the very first thing we learn about God is not about his love or mercy or righteousness. The very first thing we learn is that God is a creator.
He loves to create.
Now let’s look at the word creative.
Creative: marked by the ability or power to create. So in other words, someone who is able to create something.
Now let’s look at Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”
The Creative Myths & The Truth:
Now I have to dispel a myth here cause I sometimes hear people say things like “well I’m just not a creative person” or “there’s not a creative bone in my body.”
False! All of these are lies!
The truth: we’re ALL creative because we were created in His image and He gives us the ability to create.
I think some people believe they lack creativity because a lot of times creativity is seen as art. If you’re a painter, artist, writer, dancer, musician or anything else that falls under the “art” category, then you’re a creative but if you’re a construction worker, gardener, or just a stay at home mom, well then there’s nothing creative about that.
If you’re a construction worker, you are building something that didn’t exist before. Sure houses and buildings are not a new invention, but that particular building did not exist until you created it.
For all the moms on here, give a big shout of Amen if you know that raising kids takes a lot of creativity. They will definitely put your creativity to the test.
We have to realize that creativity is more than just the arts or technology. Creativity is found in science, building, fashion, cooking, everything we do. We even find it in the way we dress and choose to do our hair and make-up.
Being creative is just a part of who we are because it’s a part of who God is, and when we’re able to recognize and honor that, we’re able to honor and worship Him with the things we create.
So to end I’m issuing a challenge—if you’re bold enough to take it. My friend Sierra created a 30-day creativity challenge. Do one creative thing, every day for the next 30 days.
To this, I’ll add, try to get out of your comfort zone and do something new or different. You never know what fun hobbies you may develop when you do this. It’s how I got into making Youtube videos.
So let me know in the comments below, what creative things you’re going to try in the next month. I’d love to get some new ideas.