If all men on earth have been created in the image of God who is THE CREATOR, then all should be able to be creative as well. Thinking about it for a while, I have been wondering why this is not the case and what might be the obstacles that hinder us to develop our full potential – I mean ALL of US – whether we think we can be creative or whether we doubt it.
Of course, if we find ourselves in life-threatening circumstances like war, severe illness, or as a victim of violent felony, our focus will be primarily to survive the evil that is threatening our bodies – and souls. Yes, not only our bodies suffer in such cases. However, our souls, unlike our bodies, are able to push pain aside by deferring our frightening thoughts into a very dark and distant room of the subconscious mind and our painful feelings into another dark room of our heart.
Whether we are aware of it or not, every “dark room” inside of us influences our whole thinking, our feelings and moods, and finally our behavior, too. Whether we believe it or not, we are under the influence of something we cannot fully control, 24/7, day and night, since even our dreams reveal with their often visually stunning imagery that there might be something wrong inside, something that has been imprisoned long ago and eventually wants to be freed.
The (creative) flow I am speaking of here is the flow of love, or to be more precisely, the Flow of Divine Love. It is interrupted as soon as a human being feels threatened, forsaken, rejected, offended, criticized…
If so, how can we help one another to become whole again? I mean wholeness in the sense of knowing that we are loved unconditionally, of feeling secure because there is nothing to be proved, and of experiencing that our failures are covered – before they even happen (cf. Prv 10:12; 1 Pt 4:8). How can we encourage one another to be these men and women who we really are? Who we initially were created to be?
Certainly not by always criticizing and proving that we are “better”, that we are right and that others are wrong. Certainly not, either, by always saying, “Yes,” although we meant, “No”. Perhaps, we might be able to offer one another a protection area of sorts whenever one of us is hurting, as soon as we are free to be ourselves so that we are able to let others be – exactly the way they are. Because we are all beautifully made in the image of God.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Mt 7:12 ESV)
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn 13:34-35 ESV)
Looking into the mirror of LOVE, we can see the beauty in everyone that reflects the perfect image of its Creator. In all of us. In YOU and ME…..