If God is the ultimate Creative, and we are made in His image—then aren’t we all made to create? Aren’t we all creative beings, with something deep inside us, longing to express itself in some creative way? And, doesn’t it bring glory and worship to God when we express that—when we are most fully ourselves?
You are creative. Yes, you.
Earlier this year, I read a beautiful book called A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman. She wrote about creativity and art and the real, gritty truth of living them out in our lives. Her words were uplifting, refreshing, and encouraging, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite quotes from throughout the book. Enjoy, be inspired, and perhaps check out her book if you’re interested in exploring this topic further.
1. “The world needs to you come alive right where you are and not where you wish you were.”
2. “I don’t believe there is one great thing I was made to do in this world. I believe there is one great God I was made to glorify. And there will be many ways, even a million little ways, I will declare his glory with my life.”
3. “There will be critics. And they will be loud…How we handle our critics could be the difference between creating art that matters and allowing the art to die…Some critics will want to kill your art, while others are honestly trying to help you make it better…No matter if a critic intends to be hurtful or helpful, I’ve found in my own life that I have to handle all types of criticism in the same way: remember who I am, remember who God is, and remember not to take my work too seriously.”
4. “Art coming from honest hands shows us beauty, stirs up longing, and touches us deeply.”
5. “Even in the things we know we are called to, there will be times when we feel as if we aren’t cut out for them.”
6. “What if we approached the critic, our jobs, the kids at our table with the same wonder and anticipation an artist has when she approaches the canvas? …Would we begin to see ourselves as wildly free to approach it all with a wide-eyed wonder, with an edge-of-your-seat breath, with an expectation that any minute God will show himself in a way we have not yet seen?”
7. “Fear doesn’t go away just because you’re doing the thing that you love.”
8. “When we see something that delights us, in art or in life, it is usually a result of the consistent, sacrificial, nonromantic effort of an artist…A daily commitment to showing up…One masterpiece is the work of ten thousand rough drafts. Every moment isn’t packed with delight, inspiration, and hope. The dark days are heavy and they should be. You carry something living inside you. There will be pain to get it out.“
Do any of these strike a chord with you? What do you find to be most challenging about creating art? When do you feel most creative? What do you do when you don’t feel creativity?
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