“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
2 Timothy 3:16
Creativity inspires me. How about you? With so many creative people in the world, we’re surrounded by treasure troves of talents and ideas. Access to these endless resources is available online, in print, and in person. I find something enjoyably intriguing and inspiring about watching an artistic person who practices their skill with passion and precision. It’s also a treat to be invited into someone’s creative space. This experience should never be wasted. It’s a great time to open our hearts, express humility and gratitude, watch and learn, and welcome the inspiration.
Inspiration from the Creator
God is the most inspiring being I know. After all, He created everything we enjoy today. Consider:
- His Work
His creative work gave us the colors, textures, scenery, materials, and skills to draw, photograph, craft, replicate, decorate with or write about.
- His Word
God also gave us His Word which is full of more inspiration than a library full of inspirational non-fiction books. Scripture is beneficial to us if we listen, learn and live out the instructions. 2 Timothy says that God’s inspired Word is profitable for:
- Doctrine – Shows us what we are to believe
- Reproof – Convicts us when we stray
- Correction – Straightens us up when we fall
- Instruction in Righteousness – Teaches us what we should do
Inspiration from Creation
Nature is inspiring from a simple blade of grass to a colorful leaf at the top of a great oak tree. Art is greatly influenced and inspired by creation whether one believes in the Creator or not.
I wrote a simple poem one year while we were traveling after seeing a lush, green mountain. As I focused on its details, I wondered what made it so pretty. There were no mountain-side houses, flowers or fall colors. Nothing stood out and yet it seemed so distinct and defined in a grand way. Then I realized it wasn’t just a boring, “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all,” green space. It had fine, specific, details with different styles of trees, shapes of leaves and shades of green that inspired me…
SHADES OF GREEN
Shades of green on the mountainous lawn
Reflect the depths of morning’s dawn
Each shade depicting different shadows of light
While some are dark, others are bright
A painted mural against the canvas of sky
A beautiful picture to all passers-by
It’s as if in creation the green was too much
So the Creator added the artist’s touch.
BRC – June, 1993
Inspiration from Creatives
One day, while my friend and I were shopping, she asked if I would like a chalkboard sandwich sign that she saw in the store we visited. It was cute. But my first thought was where would I put it and how would I use it? As we discussed it further, she shared some really neat ideas full of creative possibilities. A few days later, I received it as a gift with “Happy Birthday Beth” written in colored chalk. She inspired me again.
Creative people are all around us from all walks of life with all kinds of influences and abilities. Let’s not overlook them and miss out on what they have to offer. Creative inspirations are a gift—welcome them.
“But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty
giveth them understanding.” Job 32:8
Bring It Home
Who or what inspires your creativity?
Praying for you as we grow together,