The Unites States of America celebrates its birthday this week. When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? Probably you are most familiar with the following words:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
I encourage you to take a few minutes this week to read the Declaration of Independence and watch the following video:
Our forefathers had to make a Declaration of Independence in order to separate the colonies from British rule and birth the new nation of the United States of America. For those who signed the document, they knew it was a matter of life or death for themselves. And signing the document did not mean they were suddenly free from British rule. They still had to go through the battles to obtain their freedom as a new nation.
As we contemplate the birth of our nation this week and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy because of the sacrifice of so many, Melinda and I want to challenge you to make your own Declaration of Creativity. You were created by the Creator of the universe in His image. That means He put creativity inside of you. You were born to be creative like your Father God. But somewhere along the path of your life, that creativity may have been put down, or stifled and shoved into a box tucked away in a closet of lies. Your creativity needs to be set free!
According to Ann VosKamp, “All our lives we all need to create because creativity is the life breath of our Creator Father and if we don’t create we breathe stale air and we wither dry.”
Write your own Declaration of Creativity or print off this one that Melinda and I wrote. Decorate the edges with scraps of magazine pictures, or scrapbook papers, or doodle and color with crayons or paint around your declaration. Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect…it’s a start to the rebirthing of the creative you. Then hang it in a place where you will see it everyday and read it. There will be battles as your inner self continues to listen to the lies that say “you are not creative.” But each time you read your declaration, you will take another step in the battle to winning your freedom to be the creative person you were meant to be in every area of your life.
Enjoy your week of 4th of July celebrations and the declaration of your creativity. Melinda and I are taking a break and will be back with you next Monday!