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I don't consider myself a creative person, but I know sometimes there is a nugget of an idea that just has to come out. There is a phrase that I picked up somewhere along the way that helps me feel ok with attempting to be creative.
"It may not be the thing, but this idea may lead us to the thing..."
This phrase comes up so often when I'm in conversations with my teammates in the CentriKid Camps office that they have begun to use it when talking with me now. My excuses NOT to be creative may be similar to your excuses...
(but get ready, because they are about to be challenged)
- I can't draw. It is too bad that drawing is the poster-child of creativity. I thing it is certainly an expression...but not the only way to be creative in this world. I'm learning that one of my best expressions of creativity is in solving interesting problems.
- I'm detailed. This is actually a better example of creativity than it is a reason not to be creative. Look at any great work of art, any wonderful composition, any piece of workmanship ... and there is attention paid to the finest of details.
- I'm a planner and strategic thinker. How do great projects get done? They don't happen by accident ... strategy and planning are required. If a person doesn't have strong planning skills, it may just take longer for the work to get done, but make no mistake...planning as a skill-set does not exclude creativity.
The truth is that we are creative because we are made in the image of THE CREATOR. Genesis 1:27 says, "So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female." I'm thankful for that, and mindful of the gifts God has given me. My excuses won't do anymore - as a child of God, I am fashioned in the image of The Creator ... that gives me a pretty good reason to attempt something creative every day!