I love beautiful things
I’ll bet you do too
I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t want to be an artist, to create beauty in my little corner of creation. My younger self had no problem saying it: I want to be an artist. But as I “grew up” the expectations of others squelched that desire; that dream.
Reflecting back now, I see that everything I chose to do from raising kids, day jobs, hobbies and even holidays, was filled with creativity. That longing to be an artist that I thought I left behind? It simply manifested itself in other ways.
Creativity is foundational to life. We are made in the Creator’s image – it is who we are.
This means you too!
Painting a picture may not be your thing, or sculpting, or any of those other “artsy” activities that people relate with being an artist.
But I’ll bet you have had to stretch time creatively in order to spend an extra moment with a friend. Or maybe you have had to be creative with the budget or groceries in your cabinet just to make ends meet and feed your family. You can even creatively manage your to-do list so that the most important things in life don’t get left in the dust.
Whether you realize it or not,
you ARE a creative
I’ll bet you’re saying: “But today’s picture is about Faith. What does that have to do with creativity?”
FAITH is about knowing something unknowable.
But it isn’t just that. It is acting upon that belief. Taking it from knowing to doing. You can have faith in an unseen God, but until you step out the door and discover something about what He has created, you will never really know His heart.
As you put feet to the floor every morning, the reality of His creativity is all around you.
Everything you touch.
Everything you see.
All that you encounter with each step forward.
It is all a window into seeing the heart of God – experiencing His goodness: all that He has prepared for you to see and touch and do.
Thinking creatively about faith is about exploring the heart of God, stepping into His process of forming beauty, and then loving what has come from it. He created you, and me, and life, and all the beauty that we see in the world. And it is there, that beauty. Can you see it?
It can be difficult I admit. But it is a choice that we each have to make. The process of seeing beauty in everything connects us to the heart of the Creator. It brings us closer to seeing what He sees, and loving what He loves. It is in that precise moment, the moment that you see beauty in something otherwise not, that His heart is revealed.
Then you will see HOPE.
Then you will see love.
Then you will see a FAITH that is bound by something real and knowable.
Do you want to affect each and every moment of your life? Start by looking at your FAITH creatively. Do something new. Take a picture of anything, and find the beauty in it. Step out of your door and explore the world created for you, and respond with your own form of creativity.
I’ll be walking too.
And hopefully, one day, we will meet along that path to share what we have learned with each other.
Did you like this post? Please consider sharing it with a friend. Post it on your facebook page, twitter feed, pinterest, or post your colored picture on instagram…where ever you think someone can use a little HOPE.
As a little added bonus: All comments on the write 31 days posts will be entered to win all of the colored cards for this series. These are colored by hand (by me :)and ready to give. Winner will be announced in November. Good luck 🙂
Don’t forget to click on the picture at the top of the page to download the pdf version of the CHOICES picture. Color it and share, or enjoy for yourself.
God bless your day!