Okay, I admit it. If I heard one more, “I’m not creative,” I was going to puke. (I didn’t.)
“I am not creative” is one of the cardinal sins the Church allows to flourish. It turns the powerful people of God into wimps. God is at the heart a Creator (see Genesis.) We are made in God’s image (see Genesis again.) Voilà, we are made by God to be creators!
We are meant to dream. To risk. To create things where there was nothing. To make whole that which is broken. To make beautiful that which is profane. To make visible that which is invisible.
God planted his creativity into our DNA. But, somewhere along the way, people planted into our hearts the notion that we were not creative, that we were too puny to create.
This Advent, if you really want to prepare for the life-changing coming of Christ into your life, embrace your creativity. Silence the critics inside and outside of you. Don’t settle for ordinary and controlled. You were clothed for greatness. Own it.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! Colossians 3:9-11 (NRSV)