Freelance Week #27

Original : adjective

  1. present or existing from the beginning; first or earliest
  2. created directly and personally by a particular artist; not a copy or imitation
  3. not dependent on other people's ideas; inventive and unusual

The topic of originality has been on my mind a lot lately. How do we create from that place? Is it even possible to make something truly original anymore? Does technology help or hinder our abilities to think for ourselves and create something original? Or are all our ideas and creations just building blocks on top of what was there before us?

I can only speak from personal experience and share with you my own perspective. When I sit down to draw I am not just staring a blank piece of paper. I sit down with an idea in my head and see a million different ideas on that piece of paper in front of me. But it isn't until I make that first mark on the paper that it becomes reality. I guess maybe this is what we can call originality.

The act of taking your idea and making something out of nothing is Holy. I feel it's the same way in which God created the heavens and earth. So if we, the church, have the creator living in us why have we not yet begun to tap into the great depths of eternal creative inspiration? Are we afraid of what we'll find stored in the deep places of the heart of God? Are we scared that it won't be marketable?

So this is where my head has been lately. Can you relate? I feel like asking more questions is more important than pretending to know it all. Hope you're having a good week working hard, trusting God and enjoying life.