True creativity is daring. To take a piece of yourself and place it in front of the world, with the willingness for others to judge its merit, is very scary. After all, when something is truly creative, and not a copy, it is a part of you. When others criticize your art, it tends to feel as if they are judging YOU.
For this reason, we can feel compelled to copy instead of create. Many times we copy out of fear… fear or rejection. We copy in order to have an “out” when people offer up their criticism of our art. When criticism comes we might say, “It’s ok. It wasn’t actually mine anyway. They’re not judging me, they’re judging what I copied.”Copying is a cheap counterfeit for true creativity.Click To Tweet
It gives you the illusion that you’ve created, but there is little sense of satisfaction in it. You’ve done nothing to fill the void God placed in you to create.
There is a solution for this dilemma– realize that nothing you create actually originated with you. We are to receive the idea from God, and let it pass through us. As it passes through us, God offers us the gift of ownership in it. He offers us a chance to experience the satisfaction that He felt when He made you! He offers us the opportunity to take part in his continual creativity. The seed of any idea or action that eventually became the electric car, the cryptocurrency, the medical breakthrough, the oscar-winning film, the grammy-winning album, or the birth of a baby… all of it, originated with God.
There is great peace in knowing that you are covered by God’s ownership of you, and the ultimate ownership in what we’ve taken part in creating. No criticism of you or the things you create has validity when God says otherwise, and no praise of your creativity means anything compared to the favor of the God.
When we create, we receive a gift, and that gift is to then be offered to others. Sure, sometimes the gift is personal and to be kept between you and the Lord, but more often than not, we are given gifts to give them away.
So, give away something authentic today. When God gives you something to create, create it fearlessly! I think what you’ll find is more acceptance of your art than you’ve ever experienced.
Whether we know it or not, God is the most universal of all things. When we offer authentic creativity, we are offering a piece of God Himself. And what is more compelling than that?
Keith Everette Smith is a Multi-Grammy and Dove Award winning producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a member of TobyMac’s Diverse City Band. As a producer, Keith has worked with artist like Jack White, The Jonas Brothers, TobyMac, Plumb, Dave Barnes, and many others. Keith has served on staff at churches like Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, TN and Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, and is formerly the network manager for Ascension Worship in Nashville.