To create as God creates
One of the therapy groups I would always attend while in hospitalization programs and partial hospitalization programs for depression was recreational therapy. This was a group where we did various activities to help us realize that there are things we can do to keep ourselves busy and relaxed at the same time.
Sometimes for this therapy group we would go on outings in the community, play games, or learn new crafts. This was where I picked up origami again and started making paper birds, cranes, frogs, flowers, etc. Finding time to wind down and do something that we enjoy, that does not have a deadline, is important in our lives.
Recreation is a good way to keep our lives in balance. As we spend time with our friends and with our children or family, we are able to build and strengthen relationships.
Have you ever noticed that recreation has the root word of creation? What new insight does this bring into our recreational activities? In essence, we are re-creating. Our lives have more meaning as we learn how we can live better by how we are better able to create.
I have absolutely loved creating new things ever since I was a child. It is and was an inherent desire. I would color pictures and build towers and make up songs. It made me have a sense of fulfillment or accomplishment. I felt good. As a child, we do not let other people’s opinions stop us from our creative intuition.
One does not have to work in the Arts to be creative. People who come up with business plans and who find new, more efficient ways to accomplish goals, who re-arrange furniture, etc. are creative as well. I am sure there are aspects in each day of your life where you are creative. What has it been today?
God created the world and each one of us. We are each one of His masterpieces. How do we treat His creations? We come unto Him as we recognize the creations we participate in throughout our lives.
There are ways beyond skills, talents, abilities, and hard work that allow us to better create. Let me tell you a story to illustrate my point.
It was the afternoon in my Acting II class, and we were each to choose partners and scenes for our duo acting assignment. I was a little concerned because I knew that the play we were choosing scenes from had inappropriate language in it that I was not comfortable saying. I ended up with a scene where there was only one word in my part that I was uncomfortable with.
As my partner and I rehearsed multiple times, I would just skip over the word. I hadn’t really decided what I was going to do. It was really hard for me because I wanted to excel in the class. I battled with myself as to whether I should use the word or not. I counseled with my mother and some close leaders, but I still was not settled on what to do.
I even ended up going to the professor and explaining my feelings about using that type of language. He told me that it was ultimately up to me what I would end up doing, but that he would encourage me to use the word. He told me that by using the word, I would step onto another plateau in a sense. I would be opening a new door that would lead to more possibilities and greater ability in my acting career.
As I left, I felt disheartened. I didn’t know what to do. I went to the Lord again in prayer and told him of my feelings and how I wanted to be obedient to His laws and His standards. As I knelt and pondered, a peace came over me as I decided to not use the word. It felt good to know that I was staying true to myself and what I believed. I did not let the desire for success in the class, override my desire to be an obedient daughter of God.
The day that we were to perform our scenes came. My partner and I did well. In fact, my professor said that the scene was the best acting he had ever seen me do, and had little else to comment on. I felt like it was my best acting as well. It was an amazing feeling. I know that the Lord was helping me and blessing me for my decision to stay true to Him.
The Spirit and Creation
I will stand as a witness of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places. I know that as I do this He helps and strengthens me to be more than I am. By staying close to His spirit, I have greater ability to create. I love this quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
“The more you trust and rely upon the Holy Spirit, the greater your capacity to create.”
As you have relied on God for help and done the little things, like reading scriptures and praying, consistently in your life, how have you seen this promise come true? What can you do to increase your creative capacity? I know that Heavenly Father is waiting to help us with our righteous desires, and that as we rely on Him and His Spirit, we will be better able to succeed.