Thank You, Elizabeth Gilbert

"If you're alive, you're a creative person."

Thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert, for that gem of a statement.

When did creativity become so commodified? 

Thank you, Elizabeth, for pointing out that our ancestors used to make stuff without dwelling on the business opportunities behind it. Thank you for reminding me that creativity is simply a part of who we are. We get the opportunity to express ourselves. The likes, the follows, the influence, the profit don't have a say in that. 

I, too, wholeheartedly believe we're all made uniquely and made to share our stories with the world. Each of those stories matters. It's so easy to think that we're just another blogger, just another entrepreneur, just another human being

But that sort of thinking is so far from the truth.

We have been in God's care since before we were born.

That's the truth. And Gilbert's new bookalthough secularreignited my joy in being an individual, one who matters deeply to God.

I read Big Magic during Christmastime, and a month later, I'm still talking about its beautiful, authentic words with my friends. I highly recommend the book for anyone in need of a little encouragement, whether you consider yourself a "creative" or not. It's chock full of nuggets of inspiration and a wonderful reminder of the gifts within each of us. 

Who do I think I am? I’ll tell you who I am: I am a child of God, just like anyone else. I am a constituent of this universe. I have a right to collaborate with creativity, because I myself am a product and a consequence of creation.

I love that. We are all products of God's creation! Follow your curiosity. Have courage. Together let's shake off the fears that can be so darn debilitating. Let's abandon the follow counts and the open rates and the page views. Let's stop thinking we're "just" another fill-in-the-blank. We were made for more. Now let's go make something.