Why Not Be Creative? by Emily Lewin

IMG_0159Why be creative? What's the point? Why the extra effort to break the boundaries of the status quo? If you're not "naturally inclined" to be creative than it can seem like adding unnecessary fluff to your life for no logical resaon. Perhaps the question needs to be phrased differently, why not be creative?  If it's true that we were each made to reflect the nature of God, and if we know that creating is one of His major functions, than would it be safe to say that not being creative would be a denial of our true nature? Could it be possible that we are all "naturally inclined" to creativity? The awe that rises up inside of us when we see a beautiful flower, a newborn baby, or a perfectly executed dance move is a recognition of the grandeur of God being expressed through people. We are drawn to connect with expressions of creativity around us for the taste of the divine that comes with the experience. When we connect with beauty, we connect with God. God is the Ultimate Creator and we know that He delights in His creation. Could it be that ignoring our creativity is really a refusal to recognize and acknowledge an element of God in us?

What if creativity is part of our calling as humans? As people who were made to demonstrate God in the earth, His divine creativity compels us to participate with Him in creation. What if we release the power of God into whatever we're doing by adding creativity? Creativity stretches boundaries and challenges our ideas, it works our imagination and presses us beyond what we're comfortable with, in order to find the fullness of what is possible. What if there is so much more available to us than what we've experienced and it's just waiting for us to explore beyond what's "necessary" and "reasonable"? God does not limit His creativity to what is necessary and reasonable, if he did we wouldn't have endless variations of flowers and bugs, galaxies beyond what will ever be seen with human eyes, and millions of humans who don't share a fingerprint. If He is extravagant in His creative expression, what does that mean for our creativity? If you believed that extravagant creativity was available to you as an integral part of who you are, would your life look different? What if it's less about what we are not, and more about accepting the permission to be who we are? There is an element of full, extravagant life that is waiting to be explored by creative people. Let us not live small lives confined to the merely reasonable, but instead let us pursue the fullest expression of God in the world through our creativity. Why not? 

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11270267_10155545302660304_1004007486709715929_oEmily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Brooklyn, NY. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing blog posts, drinking black coffee, experimentally cooking, laughing, playing minimalist puzzle games on her iphone, exploring NYC, and working a lot of odd jobs. You can follow Emily’s adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook.