When I ran downstairs for breakfast, I saw the early morning light that I had forgotten about for the past three weeks, due to the fact that I can sleep past eight when I'm not doing school… and because of that TV show, I guess. My first reaction when I saw that light was to pick up my camera. (pictures above :)) Unfortunately, that hasn't been my reaction to much of anything lately. I've been so stressed and preoccupied with trying to make my photography website, figure out pricing and products, and shooting for clients that I haven't taken the time to shoot for pleasure much at all. I've been so concerned with being professional that I've lost the natural impulse of creativity. And I'm realizing more and more that creativity is really important.
Right now I'm reading a book called A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman. In this book she talks about how we are art; we're made to live art and create art through our lives. She talks about how we can bring God glory through the art that we make and live, and really, by fully being who He created us to be. "Jesus reminds us we are art and empowers us to make art. There isn't only one right way to do the job of glorifying God. There are many ways, a million little ways, that Christ is formed in us and spills out of us into the world," she says. I love the idea that God can be glorified through us, simply by doing what makes us alive.
Recently I have become very convinced that I was created to create; it's what makes me come alive. From photographs to paintings, music to guacamole, typography to words of encouragement. And I want to start living a life that prioritizes creativity. I have a great talent of wasting time, and it really stinks, ya know? I have an entire day in front of me and I can squander it in the most foolish ways. But I want to move toward living with passion and creative ambition rather than apathy and passivity. Through this, I hope that God will be glorified as I become more alive and more me.
There's so much more I could say about creativity, but I'll save it for another time. I hope that you're encouraged to dig up the creativity that you were born with and I hope that you discover the art that you were made to live.
*all photos SOOC today, in the name of authenticity :)*