It's a word I've been thinking about.
There are so many things to be created, so many ways for individuals to share their creativity, such a vast variety of avenues for each person to express their need to create.
Sometimes when I look at the amazing photos others take or receive a beautiful card a friend made or see the gorgeous pictures another friend has painted or hear my sister play her violin with soul-touching beauty, I feel less talented.
I can't draw or paint a picture to save my life.
Card-making and scrapbooking just are not my thing.
Sewing and quilting? Been there. Done that. (Never going back again.)
Crocheting is something I enjoy but have not perfected (yet).
I'm thinking about re-attempting to learn some guitar chords.
What I've come back to over and over again as I thought through all of this, is that while my creative talents and expressions may not seem as glamorous or as interesting, they are the ones I have been given.
They are the creative expressions that I love.
I create when I mix flour and sugar and butter and chocolate into a delicious baked treat.
I create when I type out words on my MacBook.
I create when I paint walls homey colors, free-hand purple flowers, or choose which colors to use in a stencil.
I create when I decorate a room on a budget, arranging photo frames full of memories and scented candles that add a soft aroma and glow to the atmosphere.
God gives each and every individual their own creative talents.
They are not to be wasted.
They are not to be taken for granted.
They are not to be despised.
They are not to be looked down on.
They are not to be coveted.
They are to be used for His glory, for the benefit of others, and for the satisfaction they bring to our own lives.
The most satisfying way to express and use these creative gifts is to love God & love others through them.
And when we're doing that, we'll experience our own happiness and peace.
How do YOU create?