Criticism is a short-term connection. I make a judgment on someone else’s idea.
Creativity is a long-term connection. I birth an idea, develop the idea and bring it to fruition.
Criticism involves little risk. I critique what someone else has done.
Creativity involves much risk. I take a chance and put something out there for others to evaluate.
Criticism requires only me. I do not need others to accomplish my desired end.
Creativity requires others. I need what I have learned from others to accomplish my goal.
Criticism makes me feel in control. I express what I think of someone else’s work.
Creativity brings with it a lack of control. I receive what someone else thinks of my work.
Criticism analyzes the perceived faults or mistakes of others with intent to correct.
Creativity analyzes my own perceived faults or mistakes with intent to improve.
I suspect that because, by its nature, criticism is easier that creativity, we become experts at it more quickly. Perhaps this is why the church pews of America seem to be more filled with critics rather than creators. Yet God, as the Perfect Creator, has made us in his image. What kind of advancements for the Gospel might come forth if we as His children set aside the ease of criticism for the challenge of creativity? Would we not become more like Christ rather than less like Him? What might yet be accomplished by believers who devote their creative energies to God’s work?
So let this be our challenge that, by God’s grace, we as His children will set aside our tendency to choose the easy road of criticism and instead rise up to the challenge of creating new ideas, writing, art, music and ministries for the cause of Christ.