The Need to Create


Inspiration

I absolutely love it when an artistic or creative idea comes to mind. I never really considered myself a very creative person growing up, but I was also very lost. Lost in society and in knowing who and whose I was. There wasn’t much that inspired me, but now inspiration comes often.

As a Christian, I believe that humanity has been made in the image and likeness of God. So then, if we have been made in His image and He is the creator of the heavens and Earth, then that means we have an amazing ability to create. I would even go as far to say that we have a need to create.
Edith Schaeffer said, “Encouraged, we recognize the importance of living artistically, aesthetically and creatively as creative creatures of the creator.”
Francis Shaeffer said, “Art is a reflection of God’s creativity, an evidence that we are made in the image of God.”
Vida Dutton Scudder said, “Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.
How do you like to express yourself creatively? Where does your inspiration come from?
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56 thoughts on “The Need to Create

  1. Your post brought about an interesting question for me today. For those who believe that we are who we are is based on evolution, what would the evolutionary pressure be for creating art? To answer your question, as you know, I like to express myself through music. Although, this time of year, a lot of creative energy goes into my garden. I love your art, Staci, and the message of communicating your thoughts through light bulbs. To create is to illuminate!

    • I know eh. What really bugs me is when I hear the ‘theory’ of evolution being spoken of as fact. Hmmmmm…
      Oh yes, I definitely know that your forte and passion in the creating process is music. You are also a good writer Rob. And of course, we can’t forget about your amazing garden.:-)
      Awwwww, thank you so much for your words of appreciation and encouragement Rob. I truly do appreciate it.
      Please have an amazing afternoon.
      🙂

  2. You know, I used to think I created from sadness and pain. But, that’s not actually true. I have finally come to terms with the idea that I don’t have to be depressed, in pain, or struggling with something “life altering” in order for a creative epiphany to occur.

    Now I get stirred to create when I’m having a good day, bad day, and so-so day. My daughter inspires me, as well as photography and nature’s beauty. Other bloggers also inspire me. ❤

    • That’s great Sonyo. I definitely think that the creativity bug works especially well in sadness and pain, but it’s not limited to that, by any means. I also love great photography. Wish I was better at it myself.
      Hope you’re having a great day.
      🙂 ❤

  3. Writing is the primary way I express myself creatively.
    Ideas come from everywhere… but I recognize some as having a prominent divine influence. That is to say, they came nearly fully formed and bypassed my thought processes …

    • Oh that’s great Timi. I have that ‘divine’ way of creating when it comes to writing songs. They just come. With the words and melody and all.
      🙂 ❤

  4. I have always loved to create: from writing poetry and drawing as a girl to songwriting, writing teaching materials, illustrating, sewing and even creative dress/personal style. I don’t feel recharged or like myself without something creative in the works. I have had a migraine for nearly 2 months and was housebound for one. Last week my best pain relief was coloring in a book. And I love that God made me that way.

    • Ohhhhh, that’s wonderful. I wish I had found my creative streak earlier in life. At least now it’s there, and I’m loving it.
      So sorry to hear about the migraine. That’s rough. Two whole months? Ouch! I had many of them myself during both of my pregnancies. Not fun at all. Please take good care of yourself.
      🙂 ❤

  5. “As a Christian, I believe that humanity has been made in the image and likeness of God. So then, if we have been made in His image and He is the creator of the heavens and Earth, then that means we have an amazing ability to create. I would even go as far to say that we have a need to create.”

    I cannot agree more. 🙂 And i create through words. The inspiration are from the books i read, the songs i sing, and the feelings i feel. ❤

    • You’re so sweet Audrey. Thank you so much.
      “creativeness helps me feel connected to others.”
      –Like communication right ;-). That’s a great way of seeing it Audrey. If we were made in His image and likeness, then not only is the act of creating a huge part of us, but also the need for community and relationship.
      So glad to know you, and get the opportunity to read your amazing poetry.
      🙂 ❤

  6. Wonderful sentiment and question – as always, Staci!
    I do believe we are creators, come from the Creator.
    But it doesn’t have to be artistic stuff per se. We can create new medicines, new laws, new standards, new way to do things, new machines, new inventions, etc. Outside of scribbling, I have no real artistic outlets. I can’t draw or paint or anything else. And if I didn’t write, I am sure it would come out in other ways. But I truly believe the innate desire is in all of us. We express a lot as children through art, but lose that passion along the way sometimes. But it’s still in there.

    Thanks for this – love it!

    • Hey Paul. I completely agree with you. We’re not all ‘fine’ artists or ‘performing’ artists. But we all have the need to ‘create’. Whether it be with numbers, recipes, and all of the other things you mentioned.
      You know, I didn’t have a desire as a child to express through fine art of drawing and painting and stuff. At least not that I remember. I don’t remember much from my childhood. But I do remember not liking that area.
      Thanks a ton Paul. You’re the best.
      Please have a wonderful week. Hope the sun is starting to shine at your end.
      🙂

  7. I believe that humans were born to create, like their creator God. I express my creativity through writing, but beyond that I also express my creativity through photography. Great post and thanks for sharing your art as always Staci!

    • Heyyyy Crystal. How are you? Great to see you here, and thank you for the comment.
      Oh yes, creating through writing and poetry. That’s wonderful.
      Thanks again Crystal and please have a lovely week.
      🙂 ❤

      • How are you Staci! Sorry for the delay in response, I’ve been falling behind on things, but I hope to get back to normal soon. Thanks for all your comments–they mean a lot. I hope the week is going well for you and I look forward to reading more posts from you 🙂

      • Hi Crystal. I also have been absent from WP for a while. Getting cooler here which means I go through some down times due to changes in the climate. Plus I was super busy with an arts conference here at our base and a House of Prayer that we’ve started here.
        Hope you are well Crystal.
        🙂 ❤

  8. Thanks so much for this post! Creating is such an awesome thing, isn’t it? I am always so amazed at starting with a blank page and ending up with words from my head filling it up. I try and only publish the “good ones”. Ha!

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope it was worthy of your time!!

    • Hey there Reluctant Poet. Yea, creating is super awesome. Love it.
      Oh yes, stopping by was worthy of my time. I’ll be by again for sure.
      Please have a lovely day.
      🙂

      • Hi Staci! Sorry for the delayed response. The pre-publication revisions for my novel, The Fall of Lilith has got me all tied up. I’m behind on everything. You have a great weekend! ❤ xx

      • Ohhhh, you’re not the only one, my friend. I have been very absent from WP for about a month or so. Just starting to wind down here in my life so hopefully I will be able to spend more time here.
        🙂 ❤

  9. Greetings and Blessings to you! 🙂 I like to do poetry, to draw, to write. I also like to do evangelism so I guess I create a conversation from what I’m observing around me. 😇

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