random thoughts on creativity

For those who follow my creative pursuits and would like some inspiration, I've updated my small section of the sidebar to the right (scroll down a bit). There's quite a variety there.

There's been a flurry of crafting-related discussions in our congregation lately. This has generated some random thoughts in my head, feel free to comment to help develop them further. Here's what my radar has picked up:

-the need to create: I've heard so many ladies express a desire to make things, even if they don't know how or ever get around to it. Baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, decorating... I believe it is the fact that we are made in the image of a Creator which compels us to follow suit and create objects ourselves. Beautiful objects, tasty objects. Nobody is satisfied with a half-baked loaf of bread that didn't rise all the way, or playing a music piece that doesn't keep time. People desire excellence in what is created.

-Creating brings folks together: this transcends age. When one of my kids starts drawing or making something, the others naturally join in with ideas or their own contributions. Adults do the same thing. Blogs, online communities, real-life knitting groups, etc. have sprung up all over the place. The sharing of ideas edifies each other, a created object is only complete when given/shared with someone else.

This makes me think about the creation of the world. 5 days of making trees, water, sky, & critters, but it wasn't complete until man was formed. God shares his creation with Adam, gives it to him even, then makes woman so he can continue sharing with his own kind on earth. They encourage and spur each other onto more creativity.

Whatever you create today, make sure to share it with someone else. Look for the mutual edification, then praise the Creator for being made in His image.

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