A Note on Creativity:
I had one of the most creative souls I know recently tell me that she struggled with calling herself an "artist." I've been thinking about that for a few days now.
Here's the rub: if you create, you are an artist. You were made in the image of the Creative God, the same one who spoke stars with his breath and breathed life into dirt and said, "Live!"
Every child who paints a picture calls himself or herself an artist. It's put in us to create. It's only when we grow up and start looking at everyone around us that we deny our own creativity, that we shirk in the shadows. There was only one Van Gogh, and in the same vein, there is only one YOU.
How cool that God thought the world needed you both.
Creativity comes through many forms: ink, music, cake. It moves through many mediums: words, ingredients, bits of brokenness. It speaks to many souls: children, adults, seniors. It hollers across economic and social divides. It encourages, inspires, and awakens. It is God's gift to us to create.
Robert Madu said, "Creativity is the moment you exhale what God inhaled in you before the foundations of the earth." I love that. We were made to manifest creativity.
Don't sell your creativity (or yourself) short.