Creativity

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The word Creativity is used a lot in this day and age. It wasn’t always the case, Plato said that you can’t say a painter truly makes something, he imitates what he sees. Creativity is a buzz word that sounds good, and it most certainly has it’s place, but I think we’ve forgotten what that place is.

[tweetthis]”He brings order out of chaos, not with the physical world, but in our hearts and minds.”[/tweetthis]


To understand Creativity completely, we must return to the point of first reference, the most brilliant example of Creativity since the world began, the beginning of the world. As a Christian, I believe that God created the Heavens and the Earth in six 24 hour periods. He made the Heavens so He could make the Earth, He made the Earth so He could make man.

The act of creation was used by God as a means to an end. He used it to make man, and then God rested on the seventh day. As grand as the physical Creation was, it’s not something that God intended to on a continual basis. Please don’t misunderstand me, God still creates, but He does it differently.

Today, He creates peace in troubled lives. He brings order out of chaos, not with the physical world, but in our hearts and minds. The physical in the Old was an example of what He hoped to do daily in us. Like the sun and moon, light shines in our hearts, no matter what the season we’re going through, whether sewing or harvest.

Creativity is a servant. It’s meant to produce something, to be relevant, not merely revered. Everything I make may not be life altering, but I do believe that it should be life enhancing. On most mornings at work, I make coffee. It’s not a life altering task, but it most certainly improves my life. It opens my eyes, it clears my throat, and I enjoy it. It has a purpose, it also serves others.

Other acts we perform are much more effective, for example, I process the calculations that pay our Sales Reps. This feeds their families, buys their children clothes, and helps them pay for their car. I don’t create their salaries, do the work for them, or make the deals. I create the spreadsheet that pays them, it’s not a huge act, but it’s a vital one.

What are you doing that you don’t think is making a difference? The feeling of insignificance is felt by people all across the globe. Perhaps the reason for it is that we have a skewed idea of Creativity. We watch a movie and think, “I’d be rich if I could only write like that.” “If I could build that, sing like her, or invent like him we’d be great.” The problem is that we judge our effectiveness in a way that robs us of perspective.

Consider for a moment two famous men, Thomas Edison and Dr. Seuss. One invented the sustainable light bulb system, the other wrote children’s books. In the sense of originality, both were creative. In the sense of value, would you argue one was more effective than the other? All benefited from the electric light, but it’s Dr. Seuss’ Oh The Places You’ll Go that’s read at Commencement Ceremonies.

Your creativity doesn’t have to impact the world to have an impact on others. If you’re doing something, no matter how grand or how small, ask yourself something. Will it help someone in some meaningful way? Will it put a smile on a child’s face? Will it make someone’s day brighter? Will it show God’s love through me somehow? If the answer is yes, then you had better get cracking. Create something, not so people can stare at it in a museum, but so they can use it as a roadmap on their journey to a better life!

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