Friday, 27 July 2012
The Gift of Creativity
Being creative is one of the best forms of therapy, it brings healing and peace beyond our understanding. I think the reason for that is that through the creative process we draw closer to God's heart, because He is the great Creator, our creativity is not from ourselves, but from the Lord. He bestows the gift of creativity on each and everyone of his children, with no favouritism, but somehow we allow the world and its critics to steal that gift away from us. We fall for the lies we are being told by the world - you are not talented enough, you are not creative, your talent is of little use, etc etc.
It is amazing to watch little children drawing, painting or doing anything creative. They do it with such absolute conviction and confidence. Not for a second do they question that blob of red paint they've put on the paper, it IS a dog, a cat, a cow. Of course the sky is green, the river purple and a giraffe has three legs. They do not doubt their artistic ability or criticise their own efforts, and they are equally enthusiastic about their playmates' artwork. Unfortunately, too soon the words and ideas of the world creep in and plant the ugly seeds of criticism and self-doubt, and that flamboyant young artist becomes an adult that 'cannot even draw a stick figure'!
Pablo Picasso said that all children are artists, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. It is definitely time for everyone to close the doors to the opinion of the world and reconnect with that artist hiding inside. Life is a canvas - so come on, throw all the paint you have at it!!! Do it today!
Have a look at Friday's page, it's a great way to entice that artist out of his/her hiding place.