We create because we were made to create, having been made in the image of God, whose first role was Creator. He was and is a million different things, but in the beginning, He was a creator. That means something for us, I think. We were made to be the things that He is: forgivers, redeemers, second-chance givers, truth-tellers, hope-bringers. And we were certainly, absolutely, made to be creators. ~Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet
Lately, I am devouring Shauna Niequist’s words. Underlining passages, re-reading favorite sections, truly taking in each and every page. I finished her book Cold Tangerines a few days ago, and I’m almost finished with Bittersweet.
I love the quote above about being made to create. I am a writer, an editor, a painter. I create stories with words and paint, and I don’t feel like myself without those things.
My mom and sister create lesson plans that truly impact children’s lives. And my mom also creates the loveliest flowerpots. Her eye just naturally combines colors and plants to create beautiful, living works of art. Both of my parents create culinary masterpieces, cooking meals that nourish friends and family. Some friends of mine sing and create music that moves you like nothing else can. Other friends of mine, make art behind the lens of a camera.
Creativity is truly limitless.
Even if you don’t feel like you’re creative, you are—because you were made in His image, and you were made to create.
So keep making your beautiful, meaningful artwork—whatever it is—knowing it’s part of what makes you, you, and it’s one of the things you were created to do.