The Creatives: Kelly Buxton
C R E A T I V E
adjective // cre·a·tive // krē-ˈā-tiv
- relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something.
- having the quality of something created rather than imitated.
Hey readers! I am Kelly Buxton.
I was born and raised in Luling, LA (25 min from New Orleans because no one knows where Luling is) and now living in Northern Louisiana...West Monroe! I am at ULM with an almost degree in Psychology and a minor in Art. I am apart of an amazing church, Christ Church, where I lead on the worship team and help out with a college ministry called The Table that has changed my life. I enjoy coffee, decorating, music and the discovery of it, traveling, get-togethers, watching Friends, and if I am not buying a plant or a thrift store item, I’m spending time with my sweet Zach, my boyfriend.
I love being creative.
Whether I am drawing, painting, making pottery, writing songs, interior design, graphic design, and even my own Instagram account, I am always breathing in and out creativity.
I am an advocate for doing what you love and loving what you do which is why I struggled with the decision of should I pursue an art degree or psychology. In retrospect, I see now why I struggled with that decision. I thought that if I really love art then I have to make a career out of it, or that I must not really have a passion for it if my degree is not in art. This thought haunted me throughout college honestly. I felt in my gut that I was meant to be a counselor so I’d pursue a degree in Psychology. But I loved art so much at the same time. Then, I realized that I don’t need a degree in something to tell me that I am good or passionate about something.
You can do both if you want.
You do not have to limit yourself.
If there is one message I can give to creatives out there it is this: You don’t know everything, so do not limit yourself.
Fortunately, Kendrick allowed me to be a featured writer so I get to say more, sorry not sorry… (insert upside down smiley face emoji here).
“CREATIVITY IS JUST CONNECTING THINGS. WHEN YOU ASK CREATIVE PEOPLE HOW THEY DID SOMETHING, THEY FEEL A LITTLE GUILTY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T REALLY DO IT, THEY JUST SAW SOMETHING. IT SEEMED OBVIOUS TO THEM AFTER A WHILE. THAT'S BECAUSE THEY WERE ABLE TO CONNECT EXPERIENCES THEY'VE HAD AND SYNTHESIZE NEW THINGS.” // STEVE JOBS
I’m a sucker for quotes.
I love a good quote, like this one. Steve Jobs doesn’t even know how spiritual this is. The Lord has already done the unthinkable. We do because he has already done. We only can see glimpses of his beauty and there is still more to discover.
Still more to connect.
Still more to experience.
If you are a creative (which we all are because we are created by him to create) then you understand the process of rediscovery. If you are unfamiliar with this, you are doing something wrong. Like the rest of us, you’ve probably looked before you leaped, procrastinated, tried and failed, overthought everything, and been insecure in pricing or charging clients. We have to admit, our identity in Christ is crucial in the failure process.
Identity is everything.
So often we compare ourselves to other people or other creatives and wish we had what they had or thought of their idea before they did, but in actuality that was never intended for us to have. We may think that they always had everything all together or it was easy for them, while we are over here struggling to draw a straight line or get down the verses in a song.
REMINDER: YOU DIDN’T SEE THEM IN THEIR PROCESS.
You do not know what it took them to get to where they are. Everyone has a different story and instead of trying to change yours, learn to embrace it! The thoughts you have and things that come from you can never come from someone else. Someone needs you to be you. I say this all the time, but if you aren’t going to do you than who will?
God is so pleased with who you are and desires for you to walk in what he has created for you. It is pleasing to the Father when we root our identity in Him and not in our perception ofcreativity or lack there of. What this world needs to see, and the church, is a people group that is confident in Jesus alone and in the promises he has spoken over them.
Not a clone or copy of someone else.
1 TIMOTHY 4:14-15
“DO NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT YOU HAVE, WHICH WAS GIVEN TO YOU BY PROPHECY WHEN THE COUNCIL OF ELDERS LAID THEIR HANDS ON YOU. PRACTICE THESE THINGS, IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THEM, SO THAT ALL MAY SEE YOUR PROGRESS.”
“The gift you have”....
“All may see your progress”.....
Even Paul urges us to not neglect our gifts because someone needs it and that people knowing where we were and how far we’ve come is crucial. It is what reminds us of our humanity that God is so in love with and not intimidated by.
Sometimes our gifts aren’t even just for us to enjoy, they are for someone else to receive healing or joy or love or acceptance through. You have the ability through Jesus to change lives and all you have to do is be yourself.
When we create, we echo the heart of our Creative God who created all that is behind us, before us, and in between us; who gives us the ability to recognize beauty. As a son or daughter, when we create, it is an act of worship. Creativity matters to God because he created it!
Once I was in California with my family and we were going to see the giant sequoia and redwood trees. When we were walking around and up the mountain, I couldn’t help but marvel at everything around me. These trees were large enough to live in. I looked like an ant compared to their trunks. These organisms, 300+ feet tall and millions of years old.
We finally got to the world’s largest tree, the General Sherman Tree, and as we stood in front of it, heads titled back as far as they can go, tears streamed down my face in awe at God’s creation. I know, I am super emotional. But it wasn’t just because I thought these enormous trees were beautiful, but it was because I knew that my enormous God created all this in front of me, yet he says I am His masterpiece.
That wrecked me.
You may not need to go to the redwoods to realize this, but that is where God showed me that profound truth. So with that, know that you are His masterpiece. Of all the beauty around us, you are the most beautiful to Him.
“FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND, THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.”