One of my favorite pieces of literature, and currently my favorite passage of the bible is the creation account in Genesis 1. It is a poem passed down for thousands of years about how God created the world and then created humans–in God’s image. And being made in God’s image we were created to be creators. Loving the Message translation these days:
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature…
…God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
Last week, as I mentioned, my book group discussed Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Though I loved the book, our group gave it mixed reviews and for a good reason that I had overlooked.
Though Gilbert’s starting point was that we are born with this inane desire to create and it will come out weather it is bathroom graffiti or designing a skyscraper, 80% plus of her examples of creativity are fine art. Being that she is an writer she talks a lot about writing, but most of her other examples are things like painting though she does mention her neighbor who’s creative outlet is tattooing her body.
Still for my book group–a group of newish mothers most of who do not consider themselves artist types the book became inaccessible. All that to say, my message is that all of us–every single one of us where made to make! And part of truly living is getting in touch with our creative side.
For Tall Dark and Handsome (T.D.H. also known as my husband Joe) his creative side is accessed in cooking, in building things (wooden furniture), and even in coming up with creative ways his company can run more efficiently. Some day, he hopes to use his creative energy to start a business.
For my Dad his creative energy has been used over the years to perfect his public speaking–preaching. He spends hours in research, prayer, and preparation of sermons. He also uses his creativity to reinvent himself for the context he is ministering.
My mother uses her creativity to writes letters to people and to God in her journaling. When we were growing up, she used her creativity to make healthy meals for our family on a shoe string budget. She could also turn someones castoffs into household decor or toys–and that takes creative energy. Just this last year she tried something new–painting and really likes it!
It is so easy, especially as exhausted mothers, to be caught in lifestyle of consumpution and rarely enjoy the experience of creating. Sometimes it may feel like the most rejuvenating thing to do is to “netflix and chill” but that rest doesn’t seem to last or satisfy.
Go out and prosper! Knit, cook, garden, build, write, arrange, scrapbook, sew, make music, dance–whatever floats your boat.