I’m working on a colored pencil rendering of beets. As I add layers of color (and get excited with the results) I think about the countless times I’ve heard someone sigh and say, “Oh, I’m not creative.”
Sometimes I ignore the comment.
Sometimes I counter with, “Yes, you are creative! You create how you live every day.”
Of course, they don’t buy that. They mean they aren’t artistically creative. Can’t draw a straight line, etc. etc. (Who can? That’s why there are rulers.)
Every time I hear “I’m not creative,” my heart wilts. My heart and God’s heart.
My friend, Deana, led a workshop in which the artists’ aim was to create their best artwork as an offering – giving it freely to the person God put on their heart. They prayed over the pieces, prayed that the art would bless, bring joy, heal, and restore broken relationships.
Here’s an email from Deana about what happened:
“Be reminded that God is powerful, way beyond our imagination. Our creativity has kingdom value. We need to step into the creativity we possess, realizing that it’s part of our Father’s DNA. We are created in His image, so creativity is in our DNA as well. Don’t ignore it. Don’t’ say you don’t have any, that’s a lie from the evil one. Don’t push it off as “childish.” Jesus says in Mark 10:15, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Accept your creativity like a child excited on Christmas morning – it’s a gift from your Daddy and He will use it to heal, restore, deepen relationships with Himself and between others. If you don’t believe me, just read below how Jesus used Kim’s artwork in Jane’s life…and even in Kim’s own life!
I got a message from Jane. It said “THANK YOU THANK YOU………….. you are the best.. I’m taking it (Kim’s photograph) with me to the next treatment on Wednesday. Thank you. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!”
Jane received the photograph I gave her yesterday. I think it is so cool that she is going to take it to treatment with her. I am so excited to see what doors of conversation God will open up when she brings it with her; how He will work in the lives of others, patients as well as medical staff….the possibilities are endless, much more vast than my mind can even imagine. My joy this morning is hard to contain; I am just so honored play a small part in His plan, and to be a part of a community of artists at church who have shown me that God can use the creative gifts of others to fulfill His purposes here on earth.
In Christ’s love,
Everyone is creative. Do you believe that?