TAKING TIME TO INTENTIONALLY CREATE YOUR WORLD
Although some people have a more natural ability to create, everyone is creative!
I’ve been in conversations with people who say, ‘I was just walking along and I had a vision/thought/idea,’ and have also had people say to me, ‘Well, I don’t know how you song write, I haven’t got a creative bone in my body.’ As we get more soaked in this sensory overload world of Social Media, I hope that you don’t pass off the idea of being a ‘Creative’ and leave it for the Artists, Songwriters, Designers & Photographers; in reality YOU are creative. Creative, if not by a paintbrush, camera, dance move or melody, then by the words and actions that you use in your everyday life. We are made in the image of God; you only have to take a drive in a national park, look up to the sky at night or watch a colour-explosive sunset to see that we are made in the image of a VERY CREATIVE God.
Each day I think it’s good to be intentionally creative and really choose what we are doing with the tools we have; whether that be tongue or paintbrush. One of my favourite verses is found in the Message version of Matthew 5: “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth… Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world.” A mother/wife can choose to be creative through the loving, encouraging and nurturing environment she creates for her home. A friend can be creative through the place of trust and safety she makes within her friendships. We can shape the world around us by choosing to create using the ‘God-colours’ and ‘God-flavours’ that have been placed within us.
I’ve found that being creative can also mean being brave! Oh the many times I’ve gone to start writing a song, only to stop just as I begin because I don’t think the ideas in my head are going to produce anything worthwhile, so I stop and leave it for another day. Through my revelation of being intentionally creative, I’ve found that the more I wrote, trying to push away the fears within me, the more I began to dig deeper past the mush and further into the gold. These days I don’t like to think I ever have failures in my songwriting sessions. If a song doesn’t work out, I call it a ‘successful failure,’ and look at it as a stepping stone getting closer to something I’m happy with and proud of.
I think that’s the key. Not creating because you think it’s going to work the first time, but creating because you’re willing to put in the hard work in order to find something beautiful - whether that’s with your words or your paint brush, I think this applies to you!
Ruby Cooper loves to write music, sing, swim in the ocean, spend time with friends and grow in her relationship with Jesus. As a Music Artist she is known as Ruby May but as a member of the C3 Music team, we like to call her Rubes.
Ruby grew up with a love for writing, singing and performances of all kinds! She decided at a young age that she wanted to pursue her love for music. She has since released an EP titled 'Wanderer' and will be releasing new tracks towards the end of 2016.