52 Weeks of Gratitude: Week 2

This picture isn’t my best work,
and might not mean a whole lot to anyone but my husband and me.
So let me explain…

This is a picture of my son building a “Christmas tree”
out of my guitar stand, a new package of toilet paper, and random toys from his play room.

This week I’m thankful for CREATIVITY.
I hope to never squelch my son’s creativity with the rules and order that I (sometimes) love so much.
He’s one of the most creative kids I’ve ever met.
I love that he can narrate a NASCAR race with his matchbox cars,
create a new storyline for Thomas and his tank engine friends,
or cook up one imaginative meal for his little sister.

My husband and I have been talking a lot recently about the importance of creativity.
I don’t mean to start a debate, but we believe that our current education system
works really hard to beat the creativity out of kids and just make them comfortable with conformity.
We feel like this was the case with our own education, partially Christian/private and partially public.
God has been working big things in our lives to open our eyes up to become the people He wants us to be.
I left education for a career in motherhood and photography.
I never thought I was creative, but God has just kept showing me new passions for all things creative.
My husband left a career path to become a pediatrician to become a youth pastor.
I know I’m a little biased, but he’s a great speaker. He’s always helped me understand scripture better.
And he speaks truth to me like few people have done before.
And he’s such an out-of-the-box thinker.
I’m not gonna lie…Sometimes that drives me nuts.
But most of the time it opens my eyes to things I could have never imagined myself.
Wanna learn more about this creativity and why it’s important?
My husband and I highly recommend reading some stuff by author and speaker Seth Godin (His newest book is Linchpin.)
and also the book, The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You by John Ortberg.

This week in school, my kids are learning about the letter O.
And octopi.
So we started looking at all of the beautiful, amazing creatures of the ocean.
And that made me realize…
We serve a creative God!
And if the uniqueness and creativity of the wonderful creatures He made brings him glory and praise,
then I want my family (also wonderful creatures that He made) to be creative to bring Him glory and praise too.

So God, please help me nurture and foster the creativity in my kids, my husband, and myself this year
that what we do and who we are might bring you glory and praise.
And thank you for my wonderfully creative family. 🙂

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