Do you ever wish you were more creative? Maybe you’ve read some of the Catholic SIP Articles, or heard an engaging talk, or saw something on Pinterest and thought to yourself, “Man, I wish I was that creative!” Trust me, I’ve had my share of “nailed it” fails a time or two in my life. (Picture a cookie exchange where my wheat-less cinnamon dough balls were left homeless and un-exchanged) None the less, I keep trudging on, because there’s something in the creative process that unlocks a piece of who God created us to be.
Let’s go back to your creation. No, not when you were ity bity and you were connected to your mother’s umbilical cord. Let’s go all the way back to the origin we all share, when God conceived from his imagination us, the human being. In Genesis 1:24-28, we see that God crowns his majestic and beautiful creation with the creation of man and woman. “God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. God saw how good it was. Then God said: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness […] God created man in his image, in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.” We are made in the image of an imaginative and creative God, and in our own creative process we have the potential of bringing forth the image and likeness of God into the world. I use the word “potential” because it’s quite possible that most of the time we don’t think of this process as a participation in the Divine Creativity. Sometimes we just want to build shoe rack or knit a scarf, right?
For me, it’s that desire for creativity that I feel is a gift from God in and of itself, regardless of my abilities or the writer’s block that creeps up on me from time to time. I treat it as a little reminder from God to tap into my potential to create, and to be more like the image in which he created me to be. C.S Lewis beautifully said in His Reflections on the Psalms that, “It seems to me appropriate, almost inevitable, that when that great Imagination which in the beginning, for Its own delight and for the delight of men and angels and (in their proper mode) of beasts, had invented and formed the whole world of Nature, submitted to express Itself in human speech, that speech should sometimes be poetry. For poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible.”
I think there is a reason why a book I recently read “prescribed” doing something creative as an antidote to stress and depression. There’s a reason why adult coloring books, painting and wine parties, and fantasy football have become popular novelties in our culture. I really believe that when we tap into our God given creativity, we are happier and more in touch with God and who he created us to be.
My advice to you is to do something creative, no matter how perfect it turns out or how messy you get in the process. Try not to over think it, and when you look at your lopsided table or your voice cracks in the shower, remember to give God all the glory for the masterpiece you have created.