Day //23// of a 30 day personal publishing challenge on identity in Christ
The very word sparks a thrill in the hearts of some, an invitation to step into a realm of possibility. Hidden visibility.
To others, it feels threatening. Or disheartening. Like a party they were never welcome at.
Part of this stems from the very exclusive boundaries culture places on the definition of creativity; part of this is that there is a very real sense in which the Darkness of this world fights against creativity.
It is dangerous, because it reminds us who we are.
“In the beginning, God created…”
“So God created man in his own image…”
We are meant to create because we are the Creator’s own.
We are meant to create because he made us in his likeness…and he is a creative.
We are meant to create because the world needs more goodness, truth, and beauty.
We are meant to create because it’s in our DNA.
Our creativity unlocks the door of our identity — Image-Bearer.
We can run from it. Try to hide from it. Ignore it. Deny it. But we cannot shake it.
The very brilliance behind human evil itself speaks to the ability of creatives, in monstrous ways.
How much more in the beautiful, breath-taking, joy-giving, truth-speaking works of art and creativity?
We are Image-Bearers. A reflection of his own creative forces. Like a painting proves the skill of a master painter, we demonstrate his creativity, prowess, and attention to detail.
We are his canvases.
And we are meant to create. We can’t not. We may try, or pretend we don’t, or confine creativity to the narrow box of “the arts.” But any time we create order or beauty — think making the bed, writing a to-do list, or weeding in the garden — we testify to our own identity. We are creators, made in the image of the Great Creator.