Today’s Guest Post is written by Holly Hummel. She enjoys remembering the little things and hoping to use them for a greater creative purpose. She loves the God who gave her all His gorgeous material to work with and loves helping to restore it for His glory. The best lesson she has learned in life, she says, is whatever others have to teach her.
We are all creative beings.
Our Father is the ultimate Creator.
He gave us the gift.
He has given us the raw material with which to work.
When we use our inspired talents and quirks,
this can be turned into a
beautiful form of worship.
We are all creative beings. What forms of creativity might you get lost in and spend hours just finding yourself?
Or what sort of fears or reservations might you have in your fresh ideas?
With that question is where I’ll start our conversation.
I have considered myself a creative, innovative and even inventive woman for a while now. I’d come up with wonderful ideas and store them all in my brain and pride myself on these quirky notions.
But I never did much with them. I was too afraid of what my peers might think of the work I’d done. My stuff is certainly not as good as theirs. How can I ever be as talented as her? Why didn’t I come up with that? I can do that too! These were and are still thoughts in my head as I continue on in my creative pursuit.
But I always took these feelings as negative. I have never used them to motivate me.
I have seen numerous friends of mine wake themselves up by using paints, fabrics, colors and textures. I am a lover of these materials. I enjoyed seeing new creations with my own eyes and touching them with my own hands.
However, I still felt so much anxiety in my concepts. It was like my heart was always stuck on the one idea that mine will never be as good as theirs.
Since my maturity into a (somewhat) adult life, I felt what I thought were eyes on me. Eyes that were waiting for me to come up with something awesome that I just couldn’t produce. This pressure I concocted in my head had been way too much. I was too busy putting my faith and confidence in something that could not yield fruit: MY creativity. I thought it was in MY control. That I was responsible for the outcome MY work produced.
These thoughts are so very destructive and they are all lies. The truth of the matter is this:
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is the be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:4
God has said it Himself! He creates everything good. He gives us ready hands to refurbish what is broken. For His glory we do this. Through this gift we worship.
We cannot put our confidence in anything but the One who has already finished the work! Through this we must also humble ourselves to those around us who might be a few steps ahead of the game.
I always thought I had to be as good as or better than everyone around me to succeed. It is of utmost importance to learn from each of your influences. There are copious amounts of knowledge pouring out of those other talented hands. Keep your heart open to what another may say.
Positive input and constructive criticism are such blessings, so keep a humble heart and beautiful fruit will grow.
For far too long I had been putting my hope in ideas I had been to afraid to carry out! How silly! I couldn’t even get a project started without getting lost in the sin of “not doing anything and not trying to do the right thing.
I still struggle with fears of judgement and criticism.
But how healthy and how rich it is to know that Our Father has carried it out. Our job now is to find ourselves in constant worship of Him in each and every intricate stitch we sew.
So what fears might you have in your own creativity?
Let go of them. There is freedom in Christ. There is confidence in Christ. There is faith in Christ. There is comfort in knowing you aren’t alone in this. Surround yourself with positive influences and get to work crafting that pallet board shelf you saw on Pinterest months ago.
The bold statement I can do that too is true. Remind yourself that you are capable and talented. Your ideas matter and can be turned into works of wonder.
We can do all things through Him.