The Overwhelming Crush of Creativity

If there were 27 hours in each day, I might be able to get all the ideas out of my brain and into creation. There's a craft show in less than three weeks. There's an etsy shop to stock and tend. There's a home to clean and tend. There are so many things that I would love to decorate, create and design, but there are just so many hours in each day. Sigh...

We live in an age where creative ideas are at our fingertips - literally. We can flip through magazines and mark things we'd like to try. We can type a few words into a search engine and be given thousands of pages to browse. We can even channel surf for a few minutes and discover entire stations devoted to crafts and decorating.

I don't know if you're like me, but after all that input I get mental and visual overload. The ideas and enthusiasm to try something new start to trip over each other in my head and that leads to...that overwhelming shutdown.

Instead of actually utilizing and following through with these countless, wonderful suggestions, I end up not being able to comprehend it all. I would love to make the card in that idea book, but look at that web site over there. There are great patterns there that I want to try, but that pretty paper I just bought calls my name. I'm piled under too much fabulous stuff and I can't focus long enough to complete a project!

So what is the answer? How can we claw our way back to the top and actually enjoy the bursts of creativity that we're blessed with? I tuck away the magazines and idea books that scream at me, "Look at this! Don't you want to try this?" They come back out one at a time as I play my way through them. Then they get recycled or passed on to someone else.

The Internet browsing gets limited to my free time, or else there won't be any free time. When I'm stuck creatively, I know there are great places I can go look and get recharged. But that time is spent in moderation or I'm right back where I started.

God has blessed us with creative minds and willing hands to create beautiful things for His honor and glory. We can decorate beautiful homes that bring peace and comfort to all who enter. We can craft treasures that offer the joy of God's love. Those are the calming effects of coming out from underneath the crush of creativity and rediscovering the passion behind why we do what we do.

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