Creativity is about being original. It is about being unique. It is about living life to the full. Even though we don’t always realize this fact, but all of us are creative beings.
Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV) says “26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
We often hear and think about the fact that we have been created by God to have dominion over the earth and subdue it.
Yes, we have been created to rule over all the creatures created by God here on earth. There is nothing wrong with that kind of thinking. It is absolutely true, but it doesn’t stop there. What we do miss is the fact that we have been created in the image of God and in the likeness of God.
To start off with; God is a creative being. That is how the whole universe came into existence. In the whole universe, it is only man who has been created in the image and in the likeness of God.
Considering that fact, it means that if God is a creative being and we have been created in His image and in His likeness, we are creative beings too.You have creativity within you, whether you know it or not. Click To Tweet
True creativity is to seek new opportunities in old situations ~ J.G. Saxe.
We Restrict Ourselves by Putting People in Boxes
We tend to put people in boxes. We want to ‘organize’ people into various groups to make it easier to understand people and their characteristics. We call some people business people or entrepreneurs, others are professionals. Then you get the typical farmer. We have athletes and many others. And then, of course, we have artists. Under the classification of artists, we find quite a variety of people. These are people (normally thought of as being very creative) such as painters, musicians, actors, writers etc..
The greatest scientists are always also artists ~ Albert Einstein.
We cannot limit creativity to one group of people. I cannot allow myself to think “I have no creativity in me because I’m not an artist”. If you are a human being, you are creative. That is how you have been created.
Your creativity has nothing to do with your occupation, your vocation, your calling or whatever you want to call it. You have been created as a creative being, in the image and in the likeness of God. That is what the Bible says. If you have ever doubted yourself, that should do something positive for your self-image.
You Are Creative
The fact is; you are a creative being. That doesn’t mean you don’t need God in your life and that you are some super-being. You still cannot do the impossible all in your own power alone. But it also means that we shouldn’t become passive in life and think that God should do everything for us. And if something doesn’t happen, then to think “oh, maybe it wasn’t God’s will for me”.
As I heard Joyce Meyer say; “God can do anything for us, but God won’t do anything without us.”
I have once read a statement somewhere in the writings of James Prescott which stuck with me and made a huge impression on me. It was so well said. I can recall that he was talking about the challenges in his own life when he came to the following realization. He said that although Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”, he realized that he cannot become passive in the execution of those plans.
He realized that although God has plans for his future, a good future, he has to be an active co-creator of that future. I cannot think of a better way to emphasize the fact that creativity is inside each and every one of us. We also have a part to play.
Creativity is not just about creating a piece of art. It is not only about creating a successful business. It is about growing into my full potential as a human being. It is about developing and creating my future and living life to the full. Not by my own power, but by the grace of God, in every single area of my life.Creativity is not just about art or new ideas; it’s about growing into your full potential. Click To Tweet
A Message of Grace
James Prescott is to release his book on the topic of grace – The Mosaic of Grace – on the 13th of February 2017. I am dedicated to helping spread the message of grace and therefore joined his book-launch group to help spread this message. You too can join this book-launch group and help spread the message to the world that is in desperate need of it.