Happy Creativity Thursday, dear readers! Honestly, any day is a day for creativity, but I thought that would be a cute little intro.
Y’all, last week we discussed the challenges of writing a poetry manuscript (which I’m doing if you didn’t know 😀 )If you haven’t read it yet, click here The Bookish Parley: Lessons in Writing a Poetry Manuscript to catch up!
It takes a lot of creativity and trusting one’s own creativity to write or create anything with the hope of eventually sharing it with the world. It can be daunting in and of itself, yet a task more than worthwhile.
Lately, in this journey of creativity, it has become the focal point of what I feel my calling and purpose to be. Creativity beckons and I’m answering the call, leaving self-doubt and the naysayers behind. I’ve mentioned this several times in various ways, and I will mention it again; living life for other people benefits no one.
As creative beings, it is so important to understand ourselves, what fuels us, what gives us life and feeds into the purpose of our lives. A quote from a book I’m currently reading about creativity says this,
“What is your idea of you? Who is it that you have decided to become? If your greatest work of art is the life you live, and ultimately life is a creative act, what life will you choose to leave behind as your masterpiece?” – Erwin McManus
This book is one of the many books, I’m currently reading. The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus.
Side note: this cover is a thing of beauty.
In The Artisan Soul, McManus writes of creativity and how ultimately each human being is innately creative. Creativity is not just for the artsy fartsy types who wear bohemian clothing and live in California or are thriving in New York City. He stakes his belief of this heavily at the beginning of the power of creativity and the act of being creative in ways that reflect the heart of God, Abba Father. ‘
As I rove through the pages of this book, I find myself intrigued, captivated, and so inspired. He writes elegantly of the beauty with which God created humanity and how that is the prerequisite of knowing our worth, our value, and even our very own creativity given to us.
There is a level of intimacy to creativity, a delving into the soul to pull out what reflects goodness and beauty. Yet, the source of that creativity comes from God, His Sweet Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ. When this is understood deeply, creativity becomes more than just the act of putting words together, putting movement to limbs, or brush strokes on canvas. Creativity becomes a living breathing moment between the Divine and humanity.
Erwin McManus writes this lovely description,
“Our story begins with a kiss, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, God pressing against us. We begin when God exhales and we inhale. This level of intimacy and synchronicity for which we were always intended. While all creation declares the glory of God, we humans bear the image of God. The more clearly we reflect the divine, the more we reflect that which is good and beautiful and true.”
Creativity is a wonder, a gift. Its intimacy bears life and the fruit
of a creative life that fuels joy and love because when we are reflecting God’s image and living in the freedom of His love, there is an unspeakable kind of peace that overwhelms in the best kind of way.
Furthermore, it is my prayer and sincerest hope that whomever you are, dear reader, that you are taking your life by the reigns, choosing life, full life with each step, and seeking the One whose love for you runs deeper than any ocean.
Sincerely a creative,