Creativity Devotional – Creative Safe Zone

art supplies“One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

Andre Gide


I have never been on a boat where I could not see the shore. I am not sure I would like to be so far out in the ocean. The feeling of being isolated would be pretty overwhelming.  I think I might be scared. 

Having the shore in sight would give me a feeling of safety, knowledge that I was not lost, that I could make it back when I needed to.  But is that really the case?  Would I be safe? Plus staying in sight of the shoreline would be very limiting. You could never go very far. There would be no great adventure.

In the spring, my uncle and brother will be sailing from Corpus Christ to the Florida Keys. Can you imagine the trip if you had to stay within eyesight of land the whole way? 

Now imagine your creativity if you had to always do things the same way, use the same supplies, or paint the same subject matter. Or imagine your creativity if you never took chances because you always had to be near your creative safe zone. 

I know I get stuck in my creative safe zone quite often.  It is difficult to break out of that area of comfort. I don’t want to fail.  I don’t want to get lost. But sometimes I just need to go for it. I just need to get on the boat and sail away, trust my instincts and hope I end up where I am supposed to. 



Thank you for making us creative beings.  Help us to use our creativity to do your will. Give us the ability to see new options for our creativity. Bless us with instinct and intuition. Guide us as we take chances in our creativity, to expand and do better work.  In Christ’s name. Amen.

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