I feel like I don’t have control or a firm grip on my creativity. It’s like a jumbled mass of ideas in my head all the time, and getting it out in some sense of order is like forcing bread dough through a spaghetti strainer. It’s work.
Creativity is one of those things that doesn’t seem to have a beginning or an end. It just is. It’s eternal. I’m not sure why I never visited this thought before, but it’s the first principle we’re taught in the Bible. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” It’s right there. With God. Before the beginning.
I’m finding comfort in this revelation of God’s example of creativity. When He created the earth, it was formless and void. Just a jumble mass with no purpose, no defining lines, and no life. But then, He started the daily process of defining the boundaries, creating beauty with purpose and breathing life into His creation until it was finally finished.
We were also created. In the image of God. So we were created with creativity in us. An eternal trait that sets us apart from all other living things.
You have the ability to take old idea and create new ideas from them. You are not restricted by instinct or governed by nature. You can create your own reality. And if you don’t like it, you can change it.
I’m guilty of ignoring my creativity even though I’m constantly bumping up against it. Often it’s easier to ignore it than to sit with it and try to order and make sense of it.
The problem is, it doesn’t go away. This inner necessity to create. And the longer I leave it alone, the bigger it becomes in my mind and the more discontented I feel. It becomes a weight and feels like a straitjacket in my daily life. I get restless and agitated.
The key is do something creative every day. Because consistently moving forward, even in incremental steps creates momentum. When you don’t make the effort to do something creative every day, instead of momentum you experience inertia. It drags you down and makes it harder to get started again.
And one last tip from the first Creative. Step back often and appreciate the good things you’ve created. The story of creation in Genesis tells us that God said every day that his creation was good.
And finally, He rested with complete satisfaction in the finished product. Enjoy your work on a regular basis and take a little break when you’ve completed something big to think of some new ideas. Now go create something.
What do you do when you feel restless? How often do you take time to appreciate your creative works? Leave your comment here.