The other day I was thinking about how stunted my creativity has been.
I guess it kind of comes with the territory of new motherhood. My days, hours, and minutes are consumed with thoughts of nursing, diapers, lunch, snacks, activities, walks and naps. And what little time I get to myself I usually spend in the shower or cooking dinner. But I'm not at all complaining. I actually love it.
Really, this has given me a chance to consider my lack of creativity. I've been able to think about how I can more efficient about being creative.
And I got to thinking, it seems to me that in our culture, especially in the blog world, we have almost a tunnel vision of what creativity is. To most women, creativity is Martha Stewart, HGTV, DIY websites and the like. They think "if only I could sew a quilt or make my own Christmas wreath, then I'd be creative!"
But I want to challenge that.
We were created to create. We were made in our Creator's image. He creates; we create. I believe with all my heart that we all have creativity in us. That creativity just looks different for each of us. It's not about what we can make, or how crafty we are.
It's about the ideas we have- do we act on those ideas?
Anyone can follow instructions and craft something they see on a website. But not everyone can create, from scratch, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, or Beethoven's 9th, or the Apple iphone, or an efficient way of organizing recipes, or an amazing photo that was shot at just the right angle, or a great blog post. There's a difference between copying something and creating something.
You are creative in your own way. You have ideas, but are you acting on those ideas?
It's my fault that my creativity has been stifled as of late. I don't act on anything. So one thing that I've been trying to do more of is write everything down in my notebook. An idea pops into my head about anything, and I write it down. In fact, this post is a direct result of that notebook.
In being creative, in creating, you are doing what God made you to do. I want to glorify Him in my creativity. I want others to see that I am His because I create. I want to bring glory to Him with that which I create and cultivate.
I want to step outside the norm. And honestly, at this point, I'm not exactly sure what that looks like for me. But I'll be carrying my notebook and pen and I'll be praying about it.
And when I figure it out, I'll let you know.
"When ispiration doesn't come, I go halfway to meet it." ~Sigmund Freud
note: I am in no way saying that crafts and art do not require creativity. If that is how God wired you to create, fantastic! I am saying that there's more to creativity than just those things.