When I talk to book clubs I tell everyone that I believe every one of us has at least one novel in them. In my case, I hope I have a lot more than one.
Each one of us has deeply ingrained in our DNA the ability to create. It is written that we were all created in God’s image, and if that is so we inherited in some degree his creative juices. They take various forms. My boyhood friend Doug had a natural gift. He could draw detailed and beautiful pictures before he entered grade school, and was able to construct a model airplane without spilling a drop of glue or losing a piece. On the other hand I couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler, and never put together a model that didn’t have missing pieces or too many. My high school English teacher, Mrs. Henderson, is rolling in her grave to learn I now write novels.
If you are like me, you grew up believing creativity wasn’t part of who you are, but you would be wrong. It is part of God’s plan for each of us to find that creative gene we have. Some have a gift like Suzy’s mother who had a beautiful voice, and she used that gift to support her family early on singing in churches and synagogues. Later she sang for years in Little Rock’s Trinity choir, but many of us don’t come across our gift naturally or easily.
A person may not think they are creative, yet invite any guest to his or her house and they would say he or she was the most creative cook they ever encountered. We are all creative and we should not ignore the fact that baking, child rearing, writing notes to friends, even shooting free throws is creative. I read recently that if we don’t fan our creative juices it will smolder and fill us with smoke.
This week during your meditation consider how to stimulate your creativity, and how to ignite the spark of creativity that lies in each of us.