So here I am encouraging all of you to be creative, to create as a way of noticing, of appreciating, of coping, of peace-seeking, of joy. I know I am not a realistic painter – to draw something as it is seen is not in my skill set at the moment, maybe someday. Painting Mr. Fish, however, did one thing for me… he helped me relax.
Earlier this week, I wrapped up the final edits on the book Awakening to Beauty in Our Midst and also a 5-Day Free Email Workshop – Creativity As Praise. To now have the time to play with color and texture with my hands, was so much fun. However, Mr. Fish did not turn out in any way how I planned.
Back to this morning, I see this light on the kettle, and my heart skips a beat – I grab the camera – the result brings me great joy. Photography comes easier to me.
My thought of the day is this – as creatives the voices in our head will try and discourage and tell us we’re not good enough, you need to be better. Remember in those times to also do what comes easy, what brings you joy. Maybe the Lord is challenging you into a new skill set, but remember to always go back to what comes easy. This is where our confidence, faith, and trust in the Lord are nurtured as a creative person. It’s in the skills/gifts that are inherently within – where His light, love, and our perceived value resides. In a world of comparison, thoughts that lie, chronic illness…etc. – be kind to yourself – it is indeed His will.
“To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.” Proverbs 19:8