Monday, July 16, 2012

Created to Create

How cool is this picture? I love the color explosion, creativity, and passion! I guess that tells you where I fall. This is a great picture of the left and right brain. The left is classy, organized, and easily identified. The right is pulsing with creativity, exploration, and chaos.

But, I sometimes wonder where I fit. There are pieces of me on the left and right. So, which side is more me? In case you can't read the text, here's the break down...

I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am. 

I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.

I struggled with this idea over the course of the week until a coworker reminded me the source of my identity. This picture, our culture, our world attempts to identify and categorize people into boxes that we can understand. But the problem with this, is that the Lord didn't create cookie cutter people or predictable personalities.

I'm neither right nor left, but two parts of a whole, blended together in the perfect mix by the Master Creator. I've been stamped: bought and paid for, precious, created in His image, worthy, loved.
Ephesians 3:17-19 says that the Lord's love is deeper, higher, wider, and longer than I can imagine. (And my imagination is pretty active.) How amazing is that truth? The God who made me treasures me not as a work of art, but as something He cared enough about to design in His own image.

He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it (Romans 8:28) using the traits from both sides of this crazy brain of mine. Even this is a testament to analyzing and creativity, left and right working in perfect harmony.

By nature, I'm a creative, so it's time to start identifying where my inspiration comes from for my thoughts, stories, and daily life. So, for the foreseeable future, I'll start identifying what inspires me. Care to join in? Which side of the brain do you identify with more - the left or right? Or are you like me - a blend of both?

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