Not long ago, I posted something on my social media pages about creativity and not letting fear and doubt hide it. Not surprising what I heard back . . . people relating doubts about their talents and their creativity. Doubts about sharing their creations and fears of not being good enough.
Why is it so easy to let fear push our passions aside?
It hurts my heart to hear because it’s so personal. I know just how it feels. I know what it feels like to compare your talents to others and feel like you’re not good enough. I know how overwhelming it can be.
I know how tiring it can be to constantly be scrutinizing ourselves and comparing ourselves. I get it. I understand. I’ve been there. And on occasion, I still go there. It’s tough.
If you can relate to this, I want to offer you some hope.
One thing that has helped me with this fear is to really see creativity as a gift. Of course we want to be a good steward of what He has given us, right?
God, the greatest Creator, the One who created flowers and stars and puppies, made us in His beautiful image. We are His masterpiece. And we are to represent Him and reflect Him on this earth.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)
To those He made in His image, He chose to purposefully gift with creativity. Be led by Him. His intention is that we use our gifts and use them for good. Create with the gifts He has given you.
Don’t allow yourself to compare them to the gifts He has given another. When our focus is on others, all the bad stuff can get in. We are scared and hesitant. We get caught up being afraid to fail, being afraid we might look foolish. We get caught up in the expectations of the world around us.
Let that stress and worry fade into the background. It is not important. Put aside those false expectations and remember what is most important. Creativity is beyond a personal achievement. Bringing honor and glory to God is most important.
Whether it be on a sewing machine or a musical instrument, through words or painting or photographs, by singing, cooking, or homemaking, God has given each of us unique expressions of creativity. Don’t let the world miss out because of fear and doubt. We can all use our creative gifts to serve God and bless others.
Remember you are reflecting Him as only you can . . . bringing glory and praise to Him.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Seeking to create and bring beauty into this world honors Him. Let Him open your eyes to see the creative within you. Allow Him to use you for His purpose.
Be creative for His glory.
If you are not letting doubt and fear hold you back, what creative gifts has He given you to share?