What is that creative “something” in you?

I belief every one of us has a creative “something” inside of us. You may not think of yourself in this way…OR maybe you’ve always known you were creative.

Merriam-Webster dictionary gives this definition of creative.

: having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas
: using the ability to make or think of new things : involving the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created
: done in an unusual and often dishonest way

I absolutely love the use of the word “new” in those definitions {but let’s not embrace the dishonest part}.

In the Church, we usually think of creatives as those involved in music, worship, drama, dance, video, and all things techy. This pretty much applies to the arts in the secular world, as well.

It’s true most people gifted and skilled in those areas – whether for ministry, volunteering or as a career choice – exhibit an identifiable creative bent.

What about you? If you do not consider yourself a creative, hang on.

There are, of course, always exceptions when you begin to list traits or tendencies of a particular personality type, but most creatives will possess one or more {if not all} of the traits shown below. {The following list appears in an article by Carolyn Gregoire, Huffington Post where she shares in-depth descriptions of each item.}

  • “They daydream.
  • They observe everything.
  • They work the hours that work for them.
  • They take time for solitude.
  • They turn life’s obstacles around.
  • They seek out new experiences.
  • They fail-up.
  • They ask the big questions.
  • They people-watch.
  • They take risks.
  • They view all of life as opportunity for self-expression.
  • They follow their true passions.
  • They get out of their own heads.
  • They lose track of time.
  • They surround themselves with beauty.
  • They connect the dots.
  • They constantly shake things up.
  • They make time for mindfulness.”¹

There are eighteen characteristics on this list. For most of my life, at least ten of these traits have been quite evident in me. I was born to creative parents – musicians, singers, songwriters, and creative in other areas, too. I didn’t have much chance of becoming anything but creative {thankfully}.

Today, those ten traits in me have grown to include probably all but a couple on the list. Notice, though, that there is nothing on the list that specifically mentions music, drama, writing, or technical skills. Let’s look back at the dictionary’s definition of the word creative.

: having or showing an ability to make “new” things or think of “new” ideas
: using the ability to make or think of “new” things : involving the process by which “new” ideas, stories, etc., are created
: done in an unusual […] way

Is there a creative something in you? Don't miss the new thing or new ideas He has put in you. May not be musical or artsy, but it's there.Please, do not settle for a life that excludes “new” things or “new” ideas!

If you have children, you are creative whether or not you see yourself as so. If you conceived a child, certainly you had a hand in that child’s creation. Beyond that, though, tell me who can raise a child successfully {or at least get them and yourself out of the house in actual clothes, on occasion} without using some small massive measure of creativity?

These days, I spend a lot of time creating words that become blog posts and other content, but I also have a real job and spend time creating reports, spreadsheets, calendars, and so many other things.

Do you enjoy re-doing furniture or coming up with just the right arrangement of wall decor? Maybe its cakes and casseroles you are creating, or gardens, home sewn clothes, etc.

Some of you are awesome at creating conversation and making others feel comfortable. That’s a trait I would love to possess, but I am glad there are those of you who do. You encourage the rest of us to enter in and join the conversation.

All of this is creativity and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not.

And what about the creative God we serve. He is creative in every way – from the beginning, across the ages, and to His creation of you and me.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139.13

What is that creative “something” in you?

It’s there and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not. There is “something” inside of you, planted there by God for His own glory. If you are having a difficult time figuring out what that is, ask Him to reveal it to you. Then, get busy creating “new” things or “new” ideas.

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¹ Carolyn Gregoire, Huffington Post

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6 thoughts on “What is that creative “something” in you?

  1. Hi Karlene,
    I love this! I am a creative trying to live a non-creative life! lol! What I mean is that so many of the tendencies you listed describe me perfectly, but I fight them so that I can have an organized and efficient lifestyle for my family! I am a night owl and so productive during those hours. But if I do that, I’m useless for my kiddos the next day! I lose track of time, but when I do, I’m late to pick up my kids from somewhere! So for right now it is a balancing act. Maybe someday I’ll be able to really soak in my creative type and fully live in it 🙂 Thanks, friend, for sharing hope at #MomentsofHope!

    • We are kindred spirits, Lori. I’m at peace amidst lists and spreadsheets. It’s the Martha within needing order to meet the needs of the day. Yet, there’s that side of me that comes alive as I create, meditate, and relish in God’s moving within me. I remember an article by Darlene Zschech, worship leader, on being anointed each day for what God has called us to – for THAT DAY! Many times, I’ve had to remind myself to focus on what he’s anointed me for – just for TODAY. Thank you, friend.

  2. Good point that we all have at least a little bit of creativity, since we were created by and in the image of a creative God.
    I have personally experienced how losing track of time (among other things) has a way of shaking things up in a world where schedules and agendas are the rulers of every day life. I’m not knocking schedules and agendas; but they are not more important than creativity, and sometimes when the creative wheels get turning, our surroundings can fade into a sort of temporary oblivion.

    • I agree, Ruth. I’m one of those who is so driven to schedules and agendas. Finally, in my mid-50’s, I’m learning to lay it aside and enjoy the moments. Thanks for your encouragement.

  3. I, too, was born to creatives. My mom sang and my dad played almost every instrument. I never really considered myself creative, until I started writing. I love that you made the statement that we are all creative. Many times the things we see as quirky or different are the very things that make us creative! Linking up with you at RaRa Linkup!

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