“Look not every man on his own things,
but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:4
Expressing creativity is a really enjoyable pastime. That is…when you have time to pass. However, time to create is often limited since most everyone is busy with everyday business. I think, if breathing didn’t come naturally, we probably wouldn’t find time to schedule it in. Can you image? (Join me in stopping for a deep breath while thanking God for taking that task off our plates. Wink.) It’s too bad our crazy schedules make it difficult to enjoy hobby time or to connect with others. Fortunately, making creative connections is a great way to combine fun time with building relationships free of regret, resentment or guilt.
Think of something fun you would really like to do and who you would like to spend more time with. Maybe you have wanted to try something new or finish a project you already started. Maybe you’d like to join a class, group or club with the same goals and interests you have. Now, think about how to bring those two desires together. Connecting with others who do what we do or like what we like, is a great source of encouragement, inspiration and motivation.
I’m greatly inspired by my family and friend’s creativity. Each of them is talented in their own ways. They teach me to try new things and encourage me to grow in my own interests. I always look forward to hearing their progress and seeing their finished projects, which challenges me to keep at my goals.
My husband and I have always tried to practice a simple habit of putting people before projects, which has not always been easy. That has often prevented us from accomplishing personal goals. However, sometimes we have to put others’ needs before our wants. One way that helps us keep a healthy balance in this area of our lives is to incorporate our creativity and hobbies into quality time with others. This way we get to enjoy doing what we like to do with people we like to be with.
Sharing our talents and creativity with others is a great way to connect. It’s helpful and exciting to see what talented people do and how they do it. That is how we learn to try and do new things. Hobbies don’t need to be isolating experiences. When we’re inspired by someone’s creativity, we’re challenged to be creative.
Yes. There are plenty of good tips online but there is nothing as special as a master crafter letting a newbie into their creative space, sharing their tools and teaching them their trade. Personal experience and practical tips are valuable resources that need to be harvested. Mentoring is a great way to make generational connections too.
Tools can get expensive, and sharing your tools, trading services, and selling or giving tools away when you upgrade, is a good way to help others get started or accomplish a project in a more efficient way.
There are many ways to be creative and to connect with others. Sometimes we just have to get creative with our time, talent, tips and tools and follow the endless possibilities.
“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea,
she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20
Bring It Home
What hobby would you like to start and who would you like to share time with? Can you combine them?
Praying for you as we grow together,