Earlier this week, Katelyn wrote about three ways to make your creative life easier. In essence, she wrote about how eating right, working out, and getting enough sleep will lead you to be more creative. And I couldn’t agree more. There is something about having my mind and body in the right place that always leads to more energy, productivity, and creativity! Recently, I’ve been thinking al lot about what leads me to be more creative and even more so, what causes me to want to be creative in the first place. And I realized that I am always more creative and have a stronger passion for it when I am closer to God. I have been meditating on this idea for a while now and below I will share a few of my thoughts. If you’re a believer, maybe this will be a new idea for you or a reaffirmation of something you already knew. (I’m not claiming to know much about this. Just processing). And if you aren’t a believer- I hope you’ll read this post anyway, because, if nothing else, you’ll learn more about who I am and what I believe.
1. I have a passion to create because I am reflecting the ultimate Creator. Without getting too theological, the Scriptures say that God created the world and everything in it out of NOTHING. That is mind boggling to me. He spoke into darkness and void and then everything we know (or the materials needed to make it) came into existence. Katelyn earlier shared definitions of creative including, “an ability to make new things or think of new ideas “. Yes, we can create and make new things, but God is the only one who has ever created something entirely out of nothing. And to me that is awe-inspiring. As a believer, I find that as I seek to follow and reflect my God, I can’t help but desire to be creative. Thinking and making new things is a beautiful picture of what it means to be “made in the image of God”.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.”- Genesis 1:1-2
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26
2. When I spend time with God, I can’t help but doodle or draw or hand letter what comes to mind. Sometimes I do this in my Bible, sometimes I finish what I’m doing and create something that reflects what I’ve read, and often times, I will create something completely separate from the Bible simply because I suddenly have an intense desire to do so. Reading the Scriptures and reflecting on God leads me to be more creative. I believe that creativity, art, and beauty is a way in which we can worship God. God created the most beautiful parts of our world so I can’t help but think that he appreciates when new beautiful things are created- whether that be a chalkboard sign, photographs, inspiring words in a novel, a song, or whatever creative outlet one chooses. God recognizes and appreciates our creative work and we can use it to bring glory and praise to his name.
“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men” -Proverbs 22:29
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”- Colossians 3:23
3. And lastly, I think I have such a passion for living a creative life because of the coming Kingdom. Anyone who knows me, knows I have a heart for social justice. I won’t stand on my usual soapbox right now, but in short, I believe that followers of Christ are called to live a life that reflects God’s Kingdom, which will be full of justice, peace and beauty. Someday Christ will return with a new heaven and new earth, perfecting everything. And included in this new world will be a place of beauty and delight. And as a foretaste of that Kingdom, just as I have been called to live a life of pursuing justice for others, because that reflects my God, I have been called to live a life of creativity, because that reflects my God as well. He created the world and everything in it and one day He will restore it all. Until then, I hope to show small foretastes of it- by seeking justice, pursuing peace, and creating beauty.