Are you fearless when it comes to trying new things? Too often it's the fear of failure that stops us from exploring the world of new endeavors. We have to remember, because we are created in God's image, each one of us has the gene of creativity in our DNA. Sometimes that potential just needs the right environment and encouragement to ignite the flame.
Creativity is NOT limited to the arts--though art is my heart. Creativity can be the ability to come up with a solution to a problem, wisdom for parenting, inventing a new recipe. We all our creative beings.
"I haven't got a creative bone in my body," she said convinced.
"Have you ever tried?" I asked.
She shrugged her shoulders. "No, but I know I can't do it."
(Above: My four year old grandson, Chapel, spatter painting on a chunk of wood)
I understand not everyone likes art. But, I'm willing to bet when they were kids they loved to draw, and would paint if ever given the chance. That's the way kids are. I wonder what snuffed out the playful, creative flame born into every one of us?
Kids are so free. My friend, Cindy, and I just had an art event for homeschool kids. Twenty-five kids, mostly between the ages of 7 and 10, enthusiastically dove into the art project with fearless abandon. It was awesome to watch. One young man, about ten, had never drawn a face before. He just needed a little push as he produced a face with tons of character.
"Kids, you can't make a mistake!" That's the rule in our art groups. No one is going to be graded--so don't grade yourself.
Have you lost your playful, creative flame? The playful ability to try new things? Is there something you've been wanting to try and learn, but were afraid? Or too busy? Do it! Life is short, don't hold back, and don't give up if at first you don't succeed.
It was my grandson, Everett, who wanted to spatter paint. I don't encourage that in my studio because we end up with paint on the ceiling and walls. So, during our recent February thaw, we moved outdoors. We had canvases and boards spread out on the lawn - they had a ball.
It was effortless for them. They never hesitated. They dipped and spattered as if they'd been painting for years. We can learn a lesson from these little ones: never be afraid to try.
Father, I ask you to ignite our creative flames. Help each one of us step out with fearless abandon. I pray for those who have gotten stuck and need you to fan the flames that once burned high and bright. Your people should be the most creative people on earth because you have made our spirits alive in Christ. Help all of us embrace the fullness of what you have for us. In Jesus name, Amen