We are driven to create…

“We are driven to create at this deep wordless level of the soul because we are all fashioned in the image of a God who is an Artist.”
From my morning readings in “Scribbling in the Sand”, by Michael Card.Our Galaxy over Queenstown by Stuck in Customs

No matter what others may have told you or you have convinced yourself, we are all creative. We are called to use that creativity in the service of our brothers and sisters.

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3 thoughts on “We are driven to create…

  1. rhekelley says:

    In what ways do fellow Needle Prayer Blog readers express their creativity? I create with fabric in the form of bed quilts and wall hangings; with needle and floss in needlepoint; with my flute and piano; with words as an aspiring writer; in homemaking by ridding my house of clutter (slowly!), cooking, decorating, gardening. Because of health and fatigue issues, I do all these in small doses and don’t always remember my need to create. But I am fascinated by the idea of creating because I am made in the image of The Creator.

  2. rhekelley says:

    It is not always easy to discern whether I am using my creativity “in the service of our brothers and sisters.” I used to think this meant I would be doing or making something for someone else. But they are also served when I tend to my relationship with Jesus, take care of myself, learn new creative techniques, do my housework with a merry heart, and continue to learn how to focus my mind to prayer as much as possible (ala Brother Lawrence).

    We are all part of His Body (I Corinthians 12:12-26) and the more we each look to our own growth, the more we all are well-served.

    But I so want to continue to learn how the Lord can use my creativity to encourage others and draw them closer to Himself. And I want to be much more sensitive to the need to create and express His Image in my life!

    • Great points! We do need to attend to ourselves if we are to attend to His work.

      And just because we are making things for others doesn’t guarantee that we are attending to His work. We could be doing that for praise, to assuage our feelings of unworthiness, because its easier than attending to what we should be doing.

      Also, we are human and will never have just one motive. What I try to do is examine my primary motive in deciding whether to work on a specific project. Then as less good motives come up, I try to lay them at His feet and ash Him to help me cleanse myself of them.

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