“He has filled them with wisdom of heart and ability to do all manner of craftsmanship, of the engraver, of the skillful workman, of the embroiderer in blue, purple, and scarlet [stuff] and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of those who do or design any skilled work.” Exodus 35:35
Today, on #LAST70DAYSOF2013 series, it is important we look at one quality that makes the world go round. That is the subject of creativity. To be creative does not mean that you making special art. Some people feel out the equation whenever creativity is mentioned. I believe that shouldn’t be the case. When we talk about creativity, it is simply the “God-given ability to generate new ideas and new connections between ideas and ways to solve problems in any realm of our lives.” You seriously can be sorting laundry and have that be a creative act, someone said. Because everyone can think, it means then that everyone can be creative. Unfortunately, not everyone is creative because only few tap into their creative thinking potential and ability. One of the reasons the devil is fighting so hard against your destiny is because he knows you were sent here to create something that will contribute to bringing his agenda down. You much not let him win by bottling up your creativity in fear and mediocrity. You have the mind of Christ. You can reason and come up with ideas that can lead a transformation in your family, school and community.
The bible says that God created man in his image and gave him power for fruitfulness, increase and dominion. So God already gave you what you needed to succeed this year, including the power for creativity, whether it is in business or career or profession or in ministry or whatsoever you are passionate about. But you must tap into your God-given creativity! Every great accomplishment begins as a dream or a vision and every God-given vision comes with the innate power to fulfil it. Bob Gass, in an international edition of “the Word for Today wrote: “Others may be more educated and experienced, but they don’t have a monopoly on creativity”. The chances are, there’s a God-idea inside you right now that’s just waiting to be released. By not tapping into it, you’re settling for the less than God wants you to have.
Dan Stevens said “the comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience. Creativity inspires. Creativity empowers. It is a state of mind of the highly intelligent, the incredibly curious and the restless idealist. It is in this state of mind where problems meet innovative solutions, where current scenarios transcend to future possibility, and where dreams turn into reality. Whatever you feel called to do- write, paint, preach, play a piano, lead others, build a business, nurse, teach- make the leap from now and begin to prepare for it towards the coming year. To help you trigger your creative ingenuity, I have adopted the following points from Cathy Droke –
Do something you have never done before – even if you don’t know how to do it or think you wouldn’t be good at it. You don’t have to be perfect the first time you try something. Or the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time. You don’t have to produce artwork that will sell or that anyone else has to see – you just have to do it for you. I’m going to try pottery for the first time and see where that takes me.
Allow time for your brain to not think. In this crazy, busy, over-scheduled, multi-tasking world we live in, do you have time to just be? Try taking a walk without your headphones on. Seriously. Allow time in your life for quiet time and give your mind time to wander.
Seek diversity in your life. That could include everything from the people you hang out with to the books you read and the websites you visit. Open your mind to new ideas and experiences that are outside your comfort zone. This is because the hallmark of creativity is curiosity.
Change your routine. We’ve all heard it – wear your watch on the opposite wrist. Have you ever tried it for a whole day? It’s like waking up your brain every time you look at your watch. Or park in a different place at work every day and give your mind a fresh perspective.
Find a way to detach from your reality. Creativity and logic battle for your mind space and logic typically wins. If you distract your logic, creativity can take the forefront. Dim lighting, distant background noise like in a coffee shop and even alcohol (in moderation) can distract your logical self to allow creativity to flow.
Change your environment. Need to brainstorm as a group? Get out of your office space, away from the phones and computers. Get comfortable. I love the beach when I need to get away, think, recharge and be inspired.
Prayer: In 2014, may God give you the grace of creating something that will bless you and the people around you in Jesus name, Amen.