I’m not creative.” You’ve heard those words before—perhaps even said them. They represent a common view many people have of themselves, but one that fails to take into account something profound: that we are made in the image of God. The God who sculpted planets and set the burning stars alight. The God who covered the earth’s fields in brilliant hued flowers, painted the plains and valleys and the sky itself with innumerable colors and textures. That’s whose image we bear—each and every one of us. And that’s crucial to our own lives as creative beings.
You don’t have to be a professional artist. You don’t have to be a gifted singer, writer, actor, woodworker, or anything of the like. The creative process has something to teach us all. The act of making something, of sharing it, is a fundamentally human endeavor and not the exclusive right of an elite few.
With that in mind, we asked a handful of regular In Touch Magazine contributors to write on the experience of engaging their own creativity by trying out a new artistic discipline. Our hope was to demystify the “creative process”—to reveal the deep truth that our Maker has endowed every person with the ability to create, as well as a capacity to experience His joy by exercising this part of who we are.