Many have been affected by health issues, financial challenges, employment changes, family stresses, not to mention the radical shaking up of our church families.
I think that desperate times call for des – for creativity!
Yup, desperate times call for creativity. The dictionary definition for creativity is “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.”
When things are no longer following the status quo, it’s time to draw outside the lines. To get creative. To problem solve. To imagine what could be, instead of being stuck in what ‘is’. History reminds us of this truth over and over. It’s how innovations happen.
The trouble is, most of us don’t think of ourselves as particularly creative. That’s for the Michelangelo’s, the de Vinci’s, the Bach’s and the Baccio Pontelli’s (he designed the Sistine Chapel). You’re convinced that it’s your cousin who paints incredible portraits, or the guy who designed your landscaping out of recycled material. Or, Trisha at church, who wrote a fabulous worship song, while she was washing the dishes! Or, Frank, at work, who designed his own home!
Yet, Scripture tells us:
And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
If you and I are created in the image (physical likeness or representation) of God, then it stands to reason that built into our likeness is the ability to create, whether we think of ourselves as creative geniuses, or not. I think many of us have lost this ability to recognize and develop our own God-given creativity.
There was a study done by Dr. George Land and Dr. Beth Jarman where they found that children are naturally born with a large dose of genius creativity, but gradually lose it as they transition through school and into adulthood.
There are many factors which can inhibit our creativity.
Things that can squelch our creativity might be negative feedback when we are creative, doubting ourselves, our fear of failing, bad life experiences or being part of a community that discourages creativity, preferring to keep things as they are.
“Creativity isn’t a gift for the lucky few, it’s a natural part of human thinking and behavior and once unlocked and mastered, provides a powerful attribute to help unlock innovation in your organization.” Morgan Lovell Design Company
So, no more saying, “I’m just not creative.” Bah! You just don’t recognize the various times you’ve had to use some creative thinking skills, because you only think of creativity in terms of art, music and design. Or, you haven’t allowed yourself the opportunity to develop your creativity muscles. Just like sitting on your couch won’t build your physical muscles.
Like any muscles and skill you get better at it the more you use it!
Think of how creative Adam had to be when he was given the task of naming all the animals God had created. When he and Eve had to leave the garden for disobeying God’s one rule, think of the creativity they needed to survive. They didn’t need creativity so they could paint nice landscapes. They needed to tap into their creativity to solve all kinds of problems they hadn’t faced before, so they could provide themselves with food, shelter and clothing.
Fortunately, our heavenly Father, who loved them despite their rebellion, had equipped them (and us) with the ability to think outside the box (or garden)! They needed to creatively solve many of their day to day problems.
Embedded in every human is the capacity to create and be creative, whether people acknowledge it comes from God, or not. As Christians, we have a relationship with the Master Designer through His Son, Jesus Christ, who was there in the beginning, creating everything (John 1:1-2). We also have access to an incredibly creative power source – the Holy Spirit, who lives in us.
Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness… Genesis 1:26