I’ve pondered this question many times in my life. In fact, I’ve found myself wrestling with feeling insignificant if the answer is yes. That if everyone is a creative, it somehow makes me less of one. That my artistry is no longer validated when it’s shown amongst a million others as opposed to a thousand.
For most of my life, I presumed creativity to be for a select few. For an elite group of people. The divergents of society if you will. So once I found myself within that group of people, you can imagine, I was elated. I often love to be one of the few doing things. To feel special and rare. To have immense significance and meaning. So this idea was certainly not hurting me. But as I looked around at those I love. Those I admire. Those who exist, I’ve come to realize that if I limit creativity to those who are artistic, I am then robbing others of their God given right. Creativity means to bring something into existence. Do mothers not do that when they bare children? Do mathematicians not do they when they create equations? Do business owners not do that with their businesses?
In the beginning God created and from that creation, he made man in his image. So if God is creative and humanity is made in his image, then humanity is creative right?
Creativity can be found everywhere. Let’s take a look at the scriptures.
In Exodus 31:1-6, Bezalel was the chief artisan of the Tabernacle and was in charge of building the Ark of the Covenant. This scripture speaks about how he was filled with the spirit of God. Before it even talks about his ability, it talks about his credibility which was his anointing. If this- The Spirit of God-is the very thing that called him then that means its the same thing that has called us.
Normally “creative” is used interchangeably with the word artistic. They are viewed as synonymous. So when you think of creative, you think of the arts. Video, writing, photo, painting. But the more I think about it, the more I just don’t think that’s the case. Creativity describes a characteristic of God that we all carry while our gifting showcases how whether that be artistically, technologically, in your family, etc.
I think this video perfectly describes it.
So if you’ve ever been made to feel as though you’re not creative enough, find peace in the fact that you’re as creative as you need to be because you’re made in the image of God. And if you’re a creative, don’t allow your uniqueness to feel challenged just because more people are being included into a title you may have lived as your entire life. Your gifts make you unique, your creativity shows you’ve been made in His image.