Have you thought about the fact that you were created with the power to be creative? God pours into each and every one of us the ability to create. Music, art, dance, literature, business or whatever that ache inside you is that wakes you in the middle of the night. You were created to create works that will resonate in the hearts and souls of those born generations from now. These dreams change us, shape us and compel us to live fuller, deeper lives.
We thrive when we allow ourselves to unleash the creative power that God put in us and participate in the unfolding of beauty in this world by sharing our gifts and talents.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
The Message Bible
In reading this I see two things that stunt our creativity:
- Don’t be impressed with yourself.
- Don’t compare yourself with others.
We lose the beauty of our works when our pride gets in the way. Either we think too much of ourselves or too little. Both are rooted in pride. When what others think of us is greater than the burden to do what God has called us to do, pride is driving us. The voices in our own head can be our undoing. That self-destructive chatter can chip away at the passion that moves us to create, and we are the only ones who can fight this battle.
Have you ever gotten sick from reading while riding in the car? It’s because your brain is focused on the book and sitting still but your body feels the movement of the car. The confused signals between your body and brain cause you to have that sick feeling.
That same thing happens to our hearts when we have a passion on the inside of us that is under constant attack from our thought life. When we worry excessively about the how, when, where and ‘what for’ of what God has called us to do, we paralyze our dreams and the creative power that God placed in us. Our heart and our thoughts oppose each other. It leaves us feeling sick and often we abandon the work instead of sinking into it as the verse encourages us to do.
Woman, you were created by the Creator to create. Are you letting that creativity dance? No one can bring the beauty to this world that you were meant to bring. Whether it’s a mosaic of stained glass or words of encouragement to a dry and thirsty soul, bring it. Bring it girlfriend. It could change the course of a million lives…or just as powerful, one life. Don’t be afraid to dance.