Most of us have heard the old adage: necessity is the mother of invention. In its mildest form this brings to mind times when we've had to be creative when we find ourselves without an essential recipe ingredient. In its more radical form we simply have to think of the depth of creativity needed in response to the widespread changes set in motion by the COVID-19 pandemic. Merriam-Webster defines creativity as bringing something new into existence, to produce through your imaginative skill. Despite the sometimes messy trial and error of it all, there is something very prompting, compelling, and inviting about creativity.
I recently overheard a gifted administrator describing how her professional staff had responded to the COVID-19 changes and restrictions and one of her comments was especially inspiring. She said, "I have seen remarkable creativity within my team in response to the limitations and challenges we've faced and I sincerely hope this wonderful creativity continues when the current challenges are resolved." Creativity has shown itself to be a vital component of a gifted and capable team.
The Bible begins with these stirring words, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Later in that first chapter of Genesis we are told that "God created humankind in his own image." What an empowering yet humbling thought that when we engage the world with generous creativity, we join God in his creative work of restoration and renewal.
The Gift of Creativity
Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen,
and thinking what no one else has thought.
Life is a great big canvas.
Throw all the paint on it you can.
When you have exhausted all the possibilities,
remember this: you haven't.
Creativity takes courage.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors,
doing new things, because we're curious...
and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
If you are not prepared to be wrong,
you'll never come up with anything original.
Creativity is God's gift to us.
Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
Creativity is nothing but a mind set free.
Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.
In Christ you have been enriched in every way -
in all your speaking and in all your knowledge.
I Corinthians 1:5
Whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -
if anything is excellent or worthy of praise -
think on these things.