Sometimes we just forget.
I was on vacation and reading a book on creativity and the fear that stifles it. My creative”thing” is writing. I love to write! It’s kind of my thing. Some people are internal processors, others are external processors but I don’t seem to know how I feel until the words flow through my hand and pour out in pink ink on the pages of my journal. When I write my soul seems to find rest and equilibrium.
But, as I devoured that book in a matter of three days I found myself wondering: “If I genuinely believe that God has gifted me with the ability to write and I know how soothing and refreshing it is for my soul, why do I shy away from doing it so often?”
I don’t think I am alone in this. All of us have some sort of “creative thing” God has gifted us to do and enjoy. Yet, even though we know it brings us joy and give God glory, we don’t do it. Why?
I cam up with two reasons:
Sometimes we Just Forget
In all the hustle and bustle of life it can become so easy to set aside the thing that refreshes us the most. For some its gardening. Others its teaching a fitness class at the church. Or reading, sewing, singing, playing guitar…I’m sure you are getting the picture. Sometimes this isn’t even intentional. It’s just that all the pressures of work, life, and family can leave us a bit absent minded. And we forget the gifts God gave us that bring our souls joy and peace. And because we do them we all the sudden become a bit more clear headed and become better bosses, partners, friends, spouses. But sometimes we forget, we?
Sometimes We Hide
Sometimes we hide from these outlets of creativity that revive us because of fear. We fear we can’t create the best garden, hold the best fitness class, be the best guitarist, have the best online shop with the things we’ve created. So we don’t do them at all. Then there are a lot of really, really, good things that never get created because they aren’t the best. And our souls begin to deflate a bit. We start seeing the gifting of creativity in our loves that was once given to us from God to be a source of worship and refreshment has now become a source of fear and anxiety. And it’s not so much that we have absent mindedly forgotten about our gifting. It’s that we are afraid of it not being presented in a perfectly wrapped package with a bow that is Pinterest worthy.
We have been given these gifts that create outlets for our souls to worship God the way He hard wired them to. I can’t help but wonder what would happen if we all carved out time every week to do the creative thing that brings us joy and Him worship. If we scheduled it in like we do our business meetings. As a non-negotiable. Maybe we would all be better friends, spouses, mothers, sisters, daughters, bosses and coworkers.
We are all creative because we have been made in the image of a creative and creating God. What creative outlet have you been gifted with? What creative act of worship have you been withholding from God that you simply forgot about because of the business of life or put on the shelf out of fear and perfectionism? It’s time to dust of the easel, pen, violin and get creative.