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Living Artistically

Karin Mittmann

Because we are made in the image of God, our Creator, every one of us is creative. However, we may get lost in the mystique of art—its numerous definitions, styles, techniques, and even its perceived elitism. What about us average people? Our lives are swallowed up in the everyday, and we often only dream of expressing ourselves. Can we too be creative?

Creative expression is a perspective as well as a choice. It calls for putting aside the “if only” and choosing to focus on what is. So how do we begin to live creatively? We recognize our talents or creative urges and begin to express them in everyday situations. Find your talent or interest and put it to work:

  • Music. How about singing in a church choir or a community chorus, writing a song, playing an instrument, or singing along with your favorite album?
  • Food. Plan meals and cook for the family, cook your way through a cookbook, pack and deliver lunches to the local homeless shelter, take a cooking class, or learn to can fruits and vegetables.
  • Gardening. Would you enjoy growing plants or flowers, tending a garden plot in your backyard, creating an herb garden, working with a local farmer, or designing a bonsai garden?
  • Interior Decorating. How about designing and decorating your room with thrift-store accessories, helping friends and family choose paint colors, sewing curtains, or making or restoring a piece of furniture?
  • Drama. Put your talent to work by telling Bible stories in Sunday school or VBS, volunteering at your local theatre, participating in or organizing a church drama group, putting on puppet shows for children in the local hospital, or writing and performing spoken word poetry.
  • Fashion Design. Design and make your own clothes, organize a fashion show, participate in a clothing exchange, or create your wardrobe for the year using only second-hand clothes.
  • Writing. Start writing by keeping a journal. Write notes, letters, poetry, stories based on the Bible, or Sunday school curriculum for your church. And of course, write for devozine!

 

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First Corinthians 10:31b (NIV) says, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Whatever your talents or creative interests may be, the challenge is to restore creativity to everyday situations so that in all circumstances of our lives, we reflect our Creator.

 

 

Karin Mittmann is a retired teacher and freelance writer. She lives with her husband in British Columbia, Canada.

—from devozine (January/February 2013). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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