Tuesday, June 8, 2010

We Create Divinely

There is something common among all creatively-driven people.  I have found it exists among the painter, the writer, the sketcher, the dancer, gardener, welder, photographer, sculptor, knitter, musician, and scrapbooker, to name a few.

Jillian Michaels uses it as she helps people battle obesity.  Bode Miller feels it as he straps on his skis.  I'm sure Martha Stewart sighs in satisfaction with her possession of it as she pulls together the perfect summer picnic.

Is 'it' perfection at their skill?  Possibly--but not wholly.

Is 'it' pride at being among the best in the world at what they do? Maybe a little.

What could 'it' be? 

Drive.  Drive and passion--they go hand-in-hand.

Drive sounds like such a common thing--but is it really?  What binds us to our passion and keeps us working at it when we feel we fall short?  What keeps us at it when we succeed?  I've pondered this a lot until I came to this realization:  because we're children of God.

It hit me not long ago that the drive to explore our passions is actually a spiritual desire. The journey to becoming like God is an integral part of us.  He created us, our world, everything we have and create with.  Many of us have the goal to become like our Heavenly Father.  We are made in His image, and part of that is the drive, the passion to create like He did--like He does. 

It is never a selfish thing to make time to work on those things that interest us.  It is never a bad thing to learn something new, as long as our and our family's needs are met--and by met, I don't mean running ourselves ragged to give them every single thing they wish and desire. 

It is a worthy, god-like attribute to work on those talents the Lord has blessed us with. Not only should we try not to feel guilty in pursuing those things that feed our spirits, we should actively seek them out. 

Hobbies and interests we delight in help to stave off depression--whether it's stamp collecting or going on nature walks.  If we don't feed our bodies or give them water, they will suffer.  If we don't feed our spirits, they will too.  If you believe in God, you would most likely agree that it's important to read scripture, pray, and do good to others.  However, I think sometimes it's easy to deprive ourselves of our interests and passions because of the fear of not being good enough.  Satan uses our fears to keep us depressed and unhappy.  We may not be good enough to water ski barefoot--but if we never try, how will we know it's time to dream about something else?

Sometimes we find that it's easy to deprive our souls.  Why?   Because it feels so good to express ourselves that there has to be something bad about it. When I don't feed my spirit by expressing myself creatively, I suffer.  I don't think about it much, but the absence of something is definitely noticeable.  My family suffers, my whole outlook on life is affected.

When I make time to do some of the things I love, my soul benefits.  Everyone around me does too, because creating something helps me love myself. 

Finding my passions and exploring them with drive and creativity also helps me consume less chocolate.

As Martha would undoubtedly say, that's a good thing.

27 comments:

Kimberly said...

Genius! Absolute genius! This falls in the I-Wish-EVERYONE-could/would-read-this category. What beautiful and inspiring insights!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Brilliantly and beautifully written! Reminds of President Uchtdorf's talk a couple of years ago on creating. Have you read that one?

Rebecca said...

Kim, thank you so much! You are such a kind friend!

An Ordinary Mom, thank you! I don't remember reading President Uchtdorf's talk, but I do remember hearing it now that you mentioned it. I'll have to go look it up again. Thanks!

L.T. Elliot said...

This is just what I needed to hear. You're such a beautiful, good person, Rebecca, and I'm honored to know you. *hugs*

Annette Lyon said...

Beautifully said--and so true.

Karen said...

Amen, sister!

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Helmbunch said...

I am always uplifted when I read what you write. I believe that you have it ablsolutely correct. Our souls need to be fed. If not, like the well that people are constantly drawing water from, we too will become empty if it doesn't rain or if we don't feed our soul. Thank you!!

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B. Chad said...

Wow! I needed to hear that (or read in this case). Thanks for sharing :)
Jamie

玉苓玉苓 said...

Prevention is better than cure.............................................................

香昱信張君林 said...

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elizabeth mueller said...

Oh so true! I'd like to add as well is to bringing down souls from Heaven when we have children, right? ;)

I have an award for you, girl!

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天花天花 said...

生命就像騎單車一樣,除非你停止踩踏板,否則不會掉下去。......................................................

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Debbie Davis said...

thanks Rebecca for this comment, and helping me find your blog =0) just today my son yelled at me and said I was always on the computer and never really listening to him, but I think he is just looking for more of my time. I felt like I was jipping my kids off, but then realized that he is out and off playing so when he wants my time I happen to be on the computer, but what about when he is out doing his stuff. I think that it helps to know when you are being guided by the spirit to help to discern these things. It really helped me feel less awful. I guess things are harder to balance when you are trying to meet everyone's needs on your own, since my hubby is out of town. =0)
=0)

MarlaKay said...

just passing thru and i read your blog...thank you for that! it satisfied my soul, you are right on.

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