“I’m not very creative.”
“I could never do that.”
“How do you come up with ideas like that?”
“I am just amazed at what you can do.”
These are things I hear a lot. I mean a really lot. My first response is always something like, “Don’t say you are not creative. Of course you could do something like that.”
That response always brings back very sad looks and adamant replies that NO, they are just not creative. They never have been and just don’t even try any more. But they always admire those who are.
Because I have always stepped out and just done creative things I never understood how someone could feel that way and it always makes me very sad for them. They can never be convinced that they can do creative things, but the truly heartbreaking thing is the sadness on their faces when they say it.
I’ve pondered through the years what would lead someone to think that they are not creative and to stop trying. I’ve come to a few conclusions.
And there are probably countless other reasons.
But let me remind you as children we ALL loved to create. At some point many stopped and that is such a shame. Somewhere along the way it stopped being about the pure pleasure of creating something, into the need to produce something perfect and that adds pressure which no one can endure.
Let me challenge you to reconnect with the pleasure you first felt as a child when you created. As a child we did not care that our trees were as short as the dog or that our four fingers were straight sticks. It was just fun. The product was forgotten the minute it was done and we were on to the next thing.
It is amazing that I still create. When I was about 6 or 7 I was in a week long bible school in a small community church. Most of the kids were much older than me and I am sure their art projects were better than mine.
No doubt they had geared the projects to appeal to a mid age range and I was on the low end of that scale. But I loved it and had so much fun at it.
On the night of the program we would always take our parents to where our projects were set up on display. I was so excited to take my mom to see the trash can I had made from a large commercial ice cream container, burlap, and felt.
But I couldn’t find it. We walked back and forth from table to table and it was nowhere to be found. My excitement dwindled.
Finally my mom stopped the lady who was in charge and asked her where my projects were. She pointed them out and I looked at the trash can and it was not mine and I said so. She went on to say that it was indeed mine, but she had completely redone it because, (and I kid you not) “It had no depth to it.”
Are you kidding me? It was felt flowers on a burlap ice cream container. Who cares?
My mom was upset with her, I was heartbroken. I am sure that many kids have experienced something similar, maybe more than once, and that is why they decided at some point that they were not creative.
Maybe they tried a project and it was difficult and they had trouble understanding the process or instructions and it was just too hard and rather than enjoy the challenge, there was a resounding thought in their head that it was their inability and lack of creativity and so they should just quit. And they did.
But I am here to tell you that we are all created with a deep vein of creativity within us.
Genesis 1:27 - So God created human being in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God created us all in His image and He is the master creator. How can anyone whom God created NOT have a vein of creativity running through them? To deny your creativity is to deny a critical part of your identity. You were made to create but somewhere along the way someone, maybe many someone’s stomped on it until you buried it under a mountain of hurt.
I want to see you dig down and un-bury it! There is no art anywhere, not one creative work that is without flaws. And it is OK!
There really is a passion deep inside of me to see people who have shut the door on being creative come alive again in that area. I want to help them with baby steps to realize the joy in creating and finding that childlike pleasure once again.
It doesn’t have to become a business. It doesn’t have to please anyone but you. We were made to create. ALL of us. And without it we are not complete.
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