Life Lessons

To Create or not Create

The other day, I was having lunch with a good friend and we stumbled onto the topic of which books we either have read or would be willing to read twice. As you can imagine, the list was pretty short. In fact, I could tell you on one hand what mine would be.

  1. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
  2. Love Does by Bob Goff
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Yup… I think that’s it.

Anyway, I couldn’t help but pick up my fave from my good pal, Don. (We’re not actually friends, and I have no idea how he feels about being called Don.) I was skimming through, reading my notes in the margins, seeing what I underlined, you know- nerd stuff, and I came across this section:

“If I have a hope, it’s that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm as though to say, Enjoy your place in my story. The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I have created you.”

You can create within it even as I have created you. 

At an early age, we are taught to create. Whether it’s playing dress up, finger painting, or learning an instrument, we’re encouraged to tap into this side of us that is there from the beginning. But then something happens.

Somewhere along the way, as we get older, some of us get good at these creative things. We begin to lose our desire to create because Sally can actually paint and we can barely draw a stick figure to save our lives. Or we find out Jack can pick up an instrument and play a song just by hearing while we sit and struggle practicing for hours on end trying to nail down Fur Elise. 

It’s then we start to learn we aren’t “good” at being creative or creating, so we slowly lose encouragement from the adults around us and stop. Because why would we want to do something if we’re not good at it?

What if being good isn’t the point? What if the point of creating- whether it be starting your own business, photography, painting, or insert something you like here- is to tap into a side of us we were created for? A side of us that, in some ways, makes us more like Jesus.

I like to think that Don is right- that  God wants us to create within this story he’s put us in, no matter what that looks like.

So I want to encourage you to find something to create. Pick up some colored pencils for this first time since elementary school and go to town. Sit down at the piano that’s been collecting dust for the past few years. Just go out and do something. Anything.

I know you won’t regret it.

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