I started to sit down and write a blog about how perfectionism is one of my biggest struggles... I erased it... I decided to take a different approach and talk more about creativity and in doing so I think I taught myself a valuable lesson.
You see, my biggest passion is music and I currently have a home recording studio where I get to create and experiment as much as I like! One of the hardest things for me to do is finish a song, but it's not because I can't write the song. It's because I'm afraid it's not good enough. I have so many songs that I just delete and nobody will ever hear them. Recently, I've started to ask myself "what's the point in making art if I never share it?" I believe that creativity comes from the Creator and when using creativity you're making a gift to give back to God as an offering. Feel free to replace the word "creativity" with your own passion (writing, singing, music, etc.) Did you catch that? As Christians, all of our passions and gifts come from God and we give them back to Him as a gift!
Imagine that your child just drew you a picture. As a parent do you look at the drawing and then tell your child "This picture isn't perfect... The head is oval, the eyes don't have an iris, your faces don't have noses, the arms are out of proportion to the body, and your people only have four fingers... I hate it." ABSOLUTELY NOT!? You love it, but you don't love it because of it's perfections. You love it because of the reason it was made. FOR YOU! It was a gift that involved time and effort.
As we use creativity to make a gift for God does God dissect our efforts and tell us how flawed it is? Not at all! So the question I'm asking myself now is why do I delete my efforts? Why do I feel like they're not good enough? Let's be honest, nothing is ever going to be good enough, but God still loves my gifts!
I want to encourage you who feel like you're not good enough, creative enough, skilled enough... you will get better as you continue to give that gift to God. Know that He loves it! Be encouraged that He cannot wait until you create that next masterpiece.
Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
We all have flaws, we all have failures, we all have imperfections, and yet our heavenly Father loves us!