God gave us a creative life. We are all born with an innate urge to create embedded in our brain. It is important to our mental health. Once considered a left brain action, studies have proven that creative activities connect and fire both sides of the brain, boosting the performance of our little gray cells.
If you are feeling stressed and depressed, making time for a creative activity may be your pathway to wellness. In his book Life Without Lack, Dallas Willard explains our innate need to create: “Being made in God’s image means that you also are an eternal being and you can create. But, unlike God, you are not self-subsistent; you depend on God for your being. By making you in his image, God has given you, in your will, the power of originative action, the power to create and to bring things into existence.”
Each post in the Creative Life series will recommend fun activities to help begin the creative process. As we explore different expressions of our God-given gifts, we will discover a new way to reveal God’s nature to others and find a positive outlet for mental rejuvenation
Activity: Remember Your favorite creative play from childhood.
Mine was paint-by-number. My sister said finger-painting and my husband has fond memories of his Gilbert Toys Erector Set. Maybe you were an expert Lego builder. Make a list and consider trying those activities again. Have fun with this and enjoy your trip down memory lane.
“Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.”Maya Angelou
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What was your favorite way to express your creative nature as a child? Will you try that activity again? If so, what memories resurfaced?
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.Romans 1:20 NLT
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 NLT