Yes, it can be crushed, it can be suppressed, it can lie low and buried, but until you take your last breath, it can’t die.
So let me encourage you, do what you must, but dig deep and find out where your creative energy lies.
Think about the things you do when you get lost in time … which are usually the same things that occupied your time as a child.
What wakes you out of your slumber and gets you fired up, motivated and energetic?
I was praying with someone last Friday and they wanted us (there were two of us praying) to pray for a new job. I asked her what she wanted to do and she said, “work with people.”
I then asked her, “what would you do, if you knew God just wouldn’t let you fail?”
She thought for one moment and then said, “I’m very creative and arty, I like drawing and when I was at School, I was always found behind the eisel (stand alone drawing board), drawing and creating something.”
“However,” she went on to say, “I don’t know that there’s enough money in it and I suppose there is a fear of giving up my earnings, but maybe I need to start thinking about it.”
I’m telling you, I really felt for that lady and didn’t have much time for coaching, although she did say she would seek out a coach to help her establish what she really wanted to do.
But here is the truth … she has bought into the lie that if you draw, paint or create, you have to be a Michael Angelo or a da Vinci.
I love her dearly, but this is how my 90 year old mother-in-law thinks!
We’re now living in the 21st Century and yet limiting our creative talents to drawing and painting!
In truth though, it’s NEVER been that way! For even the top artists, painters and musician, it’s never been just about their paintings, their art or what they composed.
It might mean that what you do involves some kind of drawing, painting, sculpting or composing, but your authenticity lies in the combining of your gifts and talents and the degrees to which you’re naturally comfortable using those gifts and talents.
The writer in the book of Romans in the Bible states that, “
(6) …We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. (7) If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; (8) if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8
So first of all, there is no need to envy someone else’s gift, you have your own!
And second, a teacher might also have the gift of faith and what he does will be totally different to a teacher who also has great leadership abilities.
Neither is better than the other because they are combining different gifts to serve people in different ways … and often, a different set of people.
So I challenge and urge you with all I have within me, go create because you were created to do just that … create!
The lady I referred to earlier, whom I prayed for, come the end, we established that she had lost her voice. I don’t mean her vocal voice, but her passion, her spirit, her true self and so we encouraged her to find her voice again.
The same is true for you … find your voice, find the creative you, the real you, because in the words of Brendon Burchard,
“Activating your drive for creative expression is one of the fastest strategies to finding happiness and fullfillment. It also happens to be the best way to guarantee your future employment.”