Creative Imagery

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”
God created humankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them,
male and female he created them. 
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” It was so.
-Genesis 1:26-30

Did you know you are more creative right now than you will ever be?

It’s true. According to a recent study discussed in the New York Times, humans become less creative as we age. The more data we gather about the world, the more certain we become about the way things work. The more certain we are, the less work our brains have to do to connect the dots, and the less creative we get. 

According to Genesis 1, though, humans were made in the image of a particular God. A God who dreamed up the entire universe and brought it forth out of formless chaos with just a handful of physical laws to guide the process. A God who fashioned a world where human needs could be met – if humans would take good care of the world and one another. A God who thought of all the natural beauty, caused it to be so, and saw that it was good.

In short, we are made in the image of a very creative God. Which means that we, too, are meant to be creative.

So why is it that, left to our own devices, we are wired to get less creative as time goes on? And what impact does that have on our lives?

I can’t explain the wiring – the why – but the impact is becoming more clear as more data is gathered. It turns out that there is a strong correlation between creativity and health. There’s also a strong correlation between creativity and longevity. And one between creativity and happiness.

We live longer, better, more fulfilling lives when we dedicate energy to being creative. It’s almost as if that’s what we were designed to do.

How do you engage your creative side?