Creativity is an integral part of us, it’s who we are because we are made in the image of God and He is our Creator.
Some people think the gift of creativity belongs to others, but not to themselves. They look at the ideas which come to life in the work of a landscape gardener, cake decorator, textile artist, painter, author, musician or potter and in comparison feel they have no such talent to offer.
But they are wrong.
Yes, creativity is showcased when a person’s work is sought after or given monetary value, that is true, yet every day you and I create in ways that most people will never know - and that is the very essence of God being expressed through our lives.
When we set a table for luncheon, carefully arranging placemats, aged napkins, a jug of sparkling water afloat with ice cubes and thin slices of fresh lemon, flowers or leafy stems cut from the garden and flowing over the sides of a simple lace wrapped jam jar…we are being creative.
When we turn over the soil along the edges of our garden and plant seedlings of petunias, violets and marigolds…we are being creative.
That flourish of sesame seeds scattered over a loaf of bread just before baking, the pink and white striped straw dropped into a child’s glass of chocolate milk, fragrant candles lit and displayed along the mantle just as the sun sets below the horizon, or a colourful gypsy scarf tied wistfully to a bed post…these are creative touches.
Never doubt your own unique creative gifts, for God Himself impressed them liberally upon your DNA.
Over the coming week let’s choose to do our tasks a little slower, with more intention and reflection.
Consider each small act of creativity and perhaps write them down so that by the end of this week you can see, even in the small things that most people never notice, just how creative you really are.
Then be encouraged and give thanks to God who has blessed you with His wonderful inspiration to create.