Guess what! This spring I submitted a testimonial article to the magazine She Leads Daily. They accepted it, and today I’m holding my writing in print for the very first time! Praise God! My article is featured in the summer Creative Issue. Enjoy the following slide show of my first author photos!
In continuing with this theme, today I want to share some thoughts on creating and being a creator.
You Are A Creator
You are a creator. Did you know that? Maybe you scoffed at that statement. Maybe you said, “You got the wrong person. I don’t have the patience or the talent for art.” I didn’t say artist though. I said creator.
Dictionary.com has two definitions listed for creator. The first is “a person or thing that creates.” The second definition is “the Creator, God.” God is a creator. From the moment He spoke the world into being he was creating. In Genesis it says, So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. ~ Genesis 1:27 NKJV
That leads me to wonder. If God is a creator, and we are created in His image, doesn’t that mean we too are creators? Deductive reasoning would say yes. What does it mean to create though?
The definition Dicitionary.com gives is “to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.” For example, a geranium doesn’t need much help to bloom. However, the act of arranging geraniums as part of a flower garden is an act of creating. The result is unique and different depending on who creates it.
Creators create not because they have to, but because they delight in creating. In fact we may not even think of it as creating because it is so natural to us. This process of creating is written in our DNA. As a result when something interrupts our creative energy, we feel it. At least I do.
A Different Kind of Creating
Lately I’ve been struggling with my inability to write fiction. To me that’s creating. When I can dive into a story, create deep characters, fashion a world in which they can live, and build a plotline for them to act out. However, after studying all morning, working all afternoon, and studying again all evening, I don’t have anything left to give my stories. So for the time being, my fiction writing has slipped to the back burner.
Logically this was a wise choice, but my heart still longs to create. I miss my stories! I want to pour myself into something, but every time I try, my brain is blocked. So it feels like I’m not creating. It feels like I’m not growing, but this is simply not true.
Here’s what God has been teaching me: The very act of writing is an act of creating something from nothing. It doesn’t matter whether I’m writing a novel, blog post, or a twenty-page essay. Writing is writing, and every word is preparing me. This process is molding me into a better writer even if it’s not the way I pictured. It’s a different kind of creating.
Things will change as God creates in my life. They will grow and flex. What’s important is I don’t give up. When I’m not writing fiction because I physically can’t, it’s easy to think I am not cut out to be a writer. There are days when I want to give up the dream and pick a more stable occupation. But despite any circumstantial evidence, I remain a creator at heart. I need to create to thrive. I need to create to walk the path God has prepared for me.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
Creating in the Simple Things
When you tap into your creative side, anything can be an act of creation. It doesn’t matter how much time you have or whether or not you can draw. Creating flows out of simple things. Homeschooling can be an act of creating. Decorating your house can be an act of creating. Painting, sewing, dancing, karate, cooking, quilting, writing, working, singing, playing music, anything you love can be an act of creation because it reflects God’s work in you.
Creating reveals the fingerprint of the creator. My kids’ crafts at work look different than the other classrooms because I created the projects and carried them out. In the same way, when God created you, He left His fingerprint. That’s why one of the best ways to create is to connect to the Creator.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. ~ Colossians 1:16 NKJV
Connecting to the Creator
If my heart is not right with God, I cannot create. For example, when I sit down to write a blog post, I have to make sure it is the message God wants me to share. To do that, I have to be spending time with God. I need to be praying, reading my Bible, going to church, learning, and allowing other people to pour into me. I cannot give unless I first receive. I cannot create beauty unless I have fully appreciated God’s beautiful works in my life and the world at large.
Creating magnifies the Creator. In the same way, creating and giving handmade gifts extends God’s blessings to the people around us. And because they are blessed, so are we. It’s a win-win scenario.
So dear Creators, don’t stop creating. I know it’s hard sometimes. I know life get’s busy, and you just don’t know how. Believe me, I do. You can’t do everything, but don’t put creating in a box either. Instead, look for the beauty in simple things, explore a different kind of creating, and enjoy the process. Most of all connect with Your Creator. Only He can truly help you thrive right where you are.
All is Grace, Esther Noe
Look At What God Did: For those of you interested, I completed my three month long college class on Friday. I passed the final exam with a perfect 100. God is so good! I was much calmer this time and was able to surrender my last minute anxiety and fearfulness to God. His grace was sufficient for me. If you’re struggling with anxiety today, please know God’s grace is sufficient for you as well. After all, that’s what He’s famous for.