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March Devo: The Creative You

Spring marks a season of new beginnings and new opportunities. As we begin this new season, we have the chance to demonstrate the different skills and abilities the Lord has gifted us with. Read on as Jacob Seifert shows us what it looks like to live a creative life in light of who God has made us to be!

Coloring inside the lines was never my strong suit. As a matter of fact, I would say that only about 30% of coloring went inside the lines during my pre-K years. No matter the coloring utensil you gave me, it was going to come out with some very… unique qualities. Do not think that is because I wanted it to look like that — I just was not gifted in that area. I thought for so long in my life that because I had no artistic or musical merit, I was not a creative person. I was good at sports and school; not being creative. But I was actually wrong. While art and music are amazing outlets for creativity, these aren’t the only ways to show creativity. Creativity flows through everything. Do you love to cook? Love math or science? Maybe you are really into sports like I was. No matter what it is that you love to do, there’s space for creativity. In fact, I would go as far to say that everything you do needs more creativity in it!
The good news is that we all have the ability to fill that need. Every animal that has walked this Earth is a creation of God. God was the one who thought up the forests, the swamps, the lakes, and the rivers. It was God who dreamed of the mountain ranges and it was God who thought of the beautiful oceansides. Most importantly it was God who made unique every single person who has ever lived, is living, and will ever live.
Genesis 1:27 tells us: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” All of us are made different by God, with our own passions and interests. He made you the way you are with a plan in mind and a purpose for you to fulfill as promised in Ephesians 2:10. Embracing who God made you to be is incredibly important, so much so that the Bible tells us multiple times to not waste our gifts.

The clearest example is in Matthew 25: the parable of talents. Jesus warns us through the story that doing nothing with what is given to us holds us back. Since we are created in the image of God we have some natural gifts, like creativity. In Exodus 35:31-33 we see a small glimpse of who God is: “and [God] has filled him with the Spirit of God: with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.” The world needs you to be you. It is God’s puzzle and if you are not you, we are all missing a piece. When we all start to embrace fully who we are and start being creative everywhere in our lives, the world will be a better place for it. It takes new ideas to make things better and who knows, maybe it will be your creative thought that changes the world! The good news is that I don’t even think it’s going to be that hard for us. I tend to believe that we all already know how to be creative on an everyday basis.
I love to sleep. I love laying under the perfect weight and warmth of a quilt. I love being physically rested. Most importantly to me though, I love to dream. What is dreaming if not our ultimate expression of creativity? We all have built fantastical worlds in our mind filled with the most peculiar objects and creatures. While we sleep and our body rests, our mind is doing what is natural to it: being creative. So if we all are able to dream and experience creating these new ideas every night, should we not be able to transfer that to our day to day lives as well? Very few people are willing to take the risk and be creative, though. We learn how to do things a set way, and to try something unproven often doesn’t feel like it is worth the possibility of failure. In some cases, like safety, this is most likely the best way to think. However I also think some people are afraid to risk selfishly, like not wanting one of their ideas to fail. I have a solution to this problem. Well, rather, the Bible does and I would like to show you.
Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” If we remember that we can only do a task because God gave us that gift and any success is his anyways, we can risk easier. When we are focused on doing our best as a way to honor God and not ourselves, it is easier to be creative and try new things. It is easier to work together to create the best possible way.
This applies to every area of our lives. Using all of the gifts God gave you will have you feeling more whole. You being more whole makes the world more whole. We all need you to be the creative you. I am going to keep working on being more creative each day. I am challenging myself to do a task a new way, create something with my hands, or think up a new idea every single day. I hope you’ll join me in that. I want to create, dream, invent, play, dance, draw, imagine, design, joke, live more together. The way God made us. Let us pray.
“You are the ultimate creator. Of the sky and sea. Of the land we walk on and of us. Of the universe as a whole. Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for giving us a spirit of creativity. A desire to make and dream. I pray that we all can become a little bit more creative at school, at work, at our hobbies, in our homes, and everywhere else in-between. I pray for blessing over all of the Winshape nation. That we may follow your will and see your goodness in our lives. Amen.”

About the Author:

Jacob Seifert is the director of the Gold Team with WinShape Camps for Communities. He is a University of Tennessee grad and is an incredibly energetic and creative member of the WinShape Nation!
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