Creativity Devotional – Be Brave

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Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you’re doing.
What you’ll discover will be wonderful: yourself.

Alan Alda

Thought:

Are you brave? Do you consider yourself brave? I am not sure that an artist or creative person would make that call. But, if you think about it, being creative does take a lot of bravery. You have to face that empty sheet of paper or canvas whether or not you are a painter or a writer. I have to admit that I do tend to pause before I begin a project when I am using an expensive piece of paper. For example, a friend of mine gave me a beautiful sketchbook of handmade paper bound in leather. It was so nice that I could not bring myself to draw in it until a year later.

Artists also must be brave when showing their work to others whether a friend, family member, customer or gallery owner. Each time you show your work you are risking rejection and criticism. I see this fear in my students that try to hide their work. Overcoming this fear is very important for artists that are trying to promote their art work.

Being brave is something you can practice. When you face that blank piece of expensive paper take a deep breath and then get on with the act of creating. The more you do it the easier it will get. If one deep breath doesn’t cut it, then take three or for. As you take that breath, remember to say a prayer.

Prayer:

Dear Lord:

Being a creative person is so important to me. I pray that you will be with me when I create. I pray you will give me the courage to try new things, to go places I have never gone with my work. I pray for resiliency when I am criticized or when someone does not support or understand my work. I thank you for all the blessings you send my way.

In Christ’s name, Amen

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