by Megan Sjuts
We are all creative. Yes, you, too.
We were created in the image of our Creator—the ultimate creative. He designed us to reflect His image and character. And since he created all things, it’s no wonder His creativity is boundless and bottomless. So, if we’re created in the image of God, we are creative, too. Not just those of us who choose to label ourselves “the creatives.”
But many feel disconnected from their own creativity or might hesitate to describe themselves as creative.
Maybe that’s you.
As a graphic designer by trade, creativity is close to my heart. I am especially inspired and challenged by the words of Galatians 6:4-5 in The Message translation:
“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”
Sinking myself into my work and doing my “creative best” helps me bring out the creative best in others. From the overflow of living my own life this way, I am able to serve others in a way that encourages, empowers, and elevates them to do the same!
So, how can you do the creative best you can with your own life?
You start by connecting to your creativity.
Throughout my own journey, connection has been key. I have found the three essential keys to connecting to your creativity are:
First and foremost, we must connect directly to the Source of creativity. God is the Creator of all things, including you and me. One way to connect with God is to invite him into your creative process daily. When we are closely connected to God, our creativity is refreshed and the creative limitations we put on ourselves are lifted.
Creativity is like an untapped resource already within all of us just waiting to be mined. Created in the image of our Creator, we were created to create. Like a fingerprint, our individual expressions of creativity are just as unique as we are.
We do our best creative work in community, not isolation. Connecting with others and engaging in community are essential to cultivating creativity. We were designed to be creative in community because we were created in community. God, the original Creator and our Source of creativity, models this for us in Scripture and in who He is.
Genesis 1:26 says, “God spoke: ‘Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature’”
Did you catch that? Let US make human beings in OUR image, make them reflecting OUR nature. God in and of Himself is community, three in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Creation story is a beautiful picture of God's creative nature and creative process. So, since God Himself creates in community and we are meant to reflect His nature, shouldn't we create in community, too?
Because God is so multi-faceted, a single person could never fully express every amazing aspect of His character. That’s why it is so important that we connect through community and share our own unique expressions of creativity, whatever that may be, with those around us!
The ability to create is innate and instinctive to all of us. If creative potential is something we all possess, connection is the master key to unlocking it.
You are creative.
Yes, you, too.
Consider how you can connect to your creativity today.
Megan Sjuts is a creative consultant and coach, host of the Live Creatively podcast, and the founder of Building 07. As a consultant, Megan partners with ambitious business women to bring their vision to life through strategic design and creative direction. As a creative coach and former design professor, Megan is passionate about encouraging and equipping aspiring creatives to courageously pursue their paths. From clients to creatives, her mission is to bring out the creative BEST in others. Of all her titles, Megan cherishes being a wife and mother. You can connect with Megan on Instagram.