I’d like to take time today to reflect on the past few days of writing and to give thanks to God for this opportunity to share with you. My hope is that you find my words a blessing to your creative life.
Initially in my 31 days series, we looked at ways to clear a path for a more creative life by…
- Letting go and giving “our stuff” or challenges to God and,
- Defining the meaning of a “creative life” in our own lives
Do you find that you’re still struggling to let go? Letting go can be difficult for some, especially those of us who think we are in control of our own lives. When we’re unwilling to “let go” does this make us a bad Christian? Absolutely not… it just makes us human. Coming to a place where we can honestly say that we trust God and his plan for our life, then and only then will we be able to experience the fullness of all God wants and has for us in our lives.
If there are still areas that give you pause, be still and seek God’s guidance and peace over your life.
With the path a bit clearer and a more creative life in better view, we walked through some steps to help build a strong energy-filled foundation to better support a more creative life.
- Get better rest
- Exercise and stretch
- Eat fresh foods and hydrate
These activities allow us to gain renewed energy, better brain function, lift our mood, increase mobility and ultimately boost our creative processes. All of which opens the doors of our life wider and welcomes new and exciting creativity to enter.
For those of you who have actively started to pursue these things in your life or have already incorporated these steps into your daily life… kudos to you. Take a moment to reflect. Are you enjoying the process and holding the door open for a creative boost? What can you be doing differently? Have you thanked God for the creative blessings in your life?
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”
Take your time and slowly incorporate these “calls to action” into your life. Yes, the race is yours to run, but be reflective and purposeful when including them into your life. Pushing yourself to accomplish everything overnight is unrealistic and stressful; living a more creative life is the total opposite. It’s taking time to savor and enjoy the process of accomplishing and doing the things we love doing every day.
“What do people really get for all their hard work? I have thought about this in connection with the various kinds of work God has given people to do. God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.”
The process of attaining a more creative life is ongoing and is meant to improve with every baby step we take in that direction. A process that you will more than likely revisit many times throughout your lifetime. The process is not meant to overwhelm you or make you feel guilty; it’s meant to bring awareness and direction.
By all means, take your time in building up to a more creative life and always remember to be creative exactly where you are. The key is: create! Avoid judging yourself or comparing where you were to where you think you should be or worse, comparing yourself to someone else’s success or victories.
2 Corinthians 10:12-13
“Oh, don’t worry; I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, and measuring themselves by themselves. What foolishness!
But we will not boast of authority we do not have. Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God’s plan for us, and this plan includes our working there with you.”
Lift up your creative life to God and any creative endeavors you embark on before you take a step in that direction. Be still and seek His guidance and direction over your life. By taking things “slow but sure” and asking for God’s intervention in your life, I’m certain that when you reflect back on your creative life, you will see the positive growth.
In tomorrow’s post, we will begin to explore making room for a more creative life.
Go to the next post in my series: Day 12: A Space of Your Own (sorry, no posts for days 8-11)