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There was a time in my life when I began to question everything.  I suppose that was characteristic of my generation.  During this particular era, I questioned the place of art and creativity, and my responsibility to make good use of time and resources. 

So I began to wonder about all sorts of things.  I was rapidly growing toward a very utilitarian view of life, and wanted to have a practical reason for doing things.  This, of course, leaves very little room for fun or relaxation, and though it was before the term “multi-tasking” was ever conceived, I would have relished the thought.

It can make you crazy.  You can’t plant a flower garden without thinking that vegetables are much more useful.  You can’t spend time decorating a room without realizing you’re not actually accomplishing anything worthwhile.  You can’t spend time with a friend or enjoy a hobby without wondering if there’s something else you really should be doing.

Then I came across this book.  It was written by Edith Schaeffer and it’s called Hidden Art.  It has since been entitled The Hidden Art of Homemaking, but I like the former name better because it really is applicable to everybody, not just homemakers.

The premise of the book is very simple:  We are created in the image of the Creator, therefore…  (you got it) we’re creative!  How can we argue with that logic?  But we do, don’t we?  How often do we hear someone, maybe even ourselves, say, “Oh, I’m just not creative.”  Here’s the thing:  we have to expand our definition of creativity.  It’s not just about painting or music or making up recipes or writing or decorating.  It’s also about seeing things in different ways, about being thoughtful, about innovation.  It covers many, many things in life.  It’s all around us, and all through us.

And here’s what else Edith says about creativity:  when we exhibit it, we exhibit the very nature of God. He is pleased and honored when we’re like Him.  It’s very freeing, really.  I can be who He made me to be, without guilt, without restraint.

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3 Responses to “It’s Who We Are”

  • Elizabeth Latta:

    Linda, I just came through that particular struggle of ‘what’s the point of stuff? It collects dust, needs dusting, gets in the way, needs a place, what’s it’s purpose other than for looks, etc.’ It did drive me crazy! lol But I have found that very freedom you speak of: I can enjoy, and make, things beautiful as God has placed within me to do. God is perfect in beauty (psalm 50:2)

  • Linda Hogue:

    Elizabeth, photography is indeed one of your creative outlets. To be able to capture the fine details of nature is a wonderful way to express praise. It shows that you notice and appreciate what God has done.

  • Julie Alley:

    Linda, I have Edith Schaeffer’s (sp?) book and have read it! It wasn’t what I had been looking for at the time, but it certainly made a good point, as you brought out!

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