Think Creatively (2)
God sees things others don’t, and He talks about them as though they were established facts.
In the King James Version, the same verse reads: ‘God…calls things that are not, as though they were.’ And since you are made in His image, you need to do the same. In other words, start thinking creatively.
Film director Frank Capra said, ‘A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.’ So if you’re part of a church or a business that continually throws up obstacles to productivity, forms barriers to originality and puts the brakes on momentum, it’s time to speak up. And if nobody will listen, it’s time to pray and ask God if you’re in the right place. An environment doesn’t just ‘happen’, it’s created by the people who live and work in it. People, systems, and policies either stoke the fire of creativity or put it out.
Alexander the Great once visited the famed teacher Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for him. Diogenes replied, ‘Only stand out of my light.’ One of the best things you can do for a creative person is not to get in their way! Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Leonardo da Vinci all used the best equipment and went to extraordinary lengths to find the finest materials for their paints, brushes, and canvas. And they’d be no different today.
But don’t expect change to come easily. Insecure leaders tend to penalize honesty and feel threatened by creativity, especially when it suggests there’s a better way of doing things. But you owe it to God, to yourself, and the people you work with to give it your best shot.
‘… the God in whom he believed…gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.’ Romans 4:17 ESV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
2 Corinthians 3:18 4:6; 5:13-15, 21; 13:5, 9
We all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For God who said ‘let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. If it seems we are out of our minds, it is for God. For the love of Christ controls us! Because, he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died & was raised examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?
God loves you!