Is my Creativity valid?
Can I ask you a question?
What if David never wrote the Psalms? What if he thought his creativity wasn’t valid? We would have missed out on the some of the most beautiful pieces of scriptures. What if David never recognised his gift?
If you are reading this today, maybe you’ve thought to yourself “is my creativity valid? Is my creativity needed? Does my creativity make a difference? Is my creativity impacting lives?” The answer is yes. I love the Bible. I love it because I seek after God’s word and I receive so much back. I’ve recently been in the Psalms (I’m usually always in the Psalms - but boy have I discovered so much recently). Getting back on track, in the Psalms we get to witness the sheer grandeur of David’s creativity. We needed David’s creativity.
Every Psalm a beautiful piece of his creativity displayed. Every verse we often take time to process, or even hold onto. They speak to us so beautifully. Below are a few that come to mind.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4)
The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1)
For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. (Psalm 57:10)
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! (Psalm 150:1)
Now what if David never wrote these?
One of the biggest lies the enemy tried to have me believe, was that I couldn’t write. Not only that I couldn’t but also that I shouldn’t. It consumed my thoughts for such a long time, I had friends asking me - when are gonna write again? When are you going to put another poem up? For ages, it took a long time to see the truth. That truth being that I am a writer. My creativity is valid and necessary, even if one person is touched or transformed by something that I have written. I’ll take it. My bible tells me that God leaves the 99 for the 1 and therefore the 1 is worth it. It's easy when we live in a world that thrives on comparison to see where you’re impacting the one. But actually that’s not on us, we only need to be obedient to what God has called us to do. If you know that God has called you to create, please create.
Do not fret yourself on things that others are doing or be envious (Psalm 37 - this lets me know that David understood the #struggle) but he still created. He still wrote the Psalms, played his harp and even danced for the Lord. Our creativity is meant to bring glory to the Lord, at times the world may not understand but the Lord tells us to lean not on our own understanding. Create your art because there is a calling upon your life to do so. I believe in you. Earlier I mentioned that we needed David’s creativity. There are generations that need yours. There are generations that need Viktoria’s, that need Linu’s and that need mine.
Don’t believe me? I’ll let scripture tell you then.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:14)
Shine your light. Use your creativity. Remember that you have a purpose for generations to come and never forget it. I pray that God continues to reveal more of your purpose to you in the weeks, months and years to come. I pray you are reminded that even the one deserves your creativity and may Christ’s light shine within you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.