In a toilet I recently visited, as often is the case, there were some scribbles on the door from the previous occupants. These things are normally something like ‘Cindy and Shelley BBFF’ or ‘I woz ere’ but the sentence that drew my eye was ‘To be creative is to be alive’. I’m not saying that writing on toilet doors is a good thing, I’m not sure even staying in a loo longer than you need is necessary or advisable. But that sentence made me think during my visit and, when I left I kept on thinking.
Can I be alive and not be creative?
This was my first thought and the more I think about it the more I think ‘no’. The reason is that before Earth there was God and in order to get the Earth and the Universe and me here, he had to create. He may have used the Big Bang to do it but what I see today essentially came God so, since the Bible says ‘in him is life’, that must mean that God is creative and that to be alive is at least to be created.
But what about being creative myself?
Then I started wondering about what I am created to do. In Genesis it says that humans are ‘made in his image’ so if God is created and that the first thing he did was create, and he keeps doing it with new animals, people and plants all the time, then I am like him, I might be too. It’s like you are made in the image of your parents, you might have your Dad’s nose or your Mum’s weird dancing style, we get God’s creativity.
But I can’t create mountains, thousands of stars or fish with funny teeth like God can.
Creative doesn’t mean only being able to play an instrument, paint a picture or interpret music into dance. It can be the word you come up with to help someone understand a feeling, the clothes you choose to wear each day and the ideas you share with friends that are funny or interesting or even the gadget you will design one day to make you millions. You are also naturally creative just by being part of God’s creation, in the womb your body grew arms and legs and hairs and a heart and when you use up energy or cells it makes more. God’s creation isn’t like a picture that sits on a shelf. We are his creation and we are forever changing, growing and doing new things.
So what do I do with myself having done this thinking? (In a toilet cubical or not, your choice)
David, of the Psalms, said this to God ‘For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.’ (Psalm 139:13-14)
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Katie is a teacher in Hull. She is passionate about line dancing, card games and eating boiled sweets. A little known fact about her is that she doesn't naturally have auburn hair.