Daily Devotion

July 26, 2015

Start Thinking Creatively (4)

“Be still, and know that I am God.”                                     Ps 46:10

Observe: (1) Creative thinking usually begins when you’re in a crisis. Think about the Red Sea, the Battle of Jericho, and Goliath. Israel’s most spectacular victories came about when they were in seemingly impossible situations. That’s why God said, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Your Creator will give you creative ideas if you’re willing to be still in His presence and listen to Him. But that means interrupting your busy schedule, getting alone with Him, and waiting patiently until He speaks to you. And in an age of attention deficit disorder that’s not always easy. Your mind must become a blank slate and you must be willing to let God write on it. (2) Creative thinking can be a messy process. If you’re image-conscious, insecure, or a perfectionist by nature, you’ll need some serious reprogramming. Cartoonist Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert series, said, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” On your way to the best possible solution, you’ll have to entertain a lot of not-so-good ideas. Are you willing to do that? (3) Creative thinking is about “doing.” Jesus once healed some lepers, but their healing didn’t take place immediately. The Bible says, “As they went, they were [healed]” (Lk 17:14 NKJV). At first they may have thought, “Nothing’s happening. I still have leprosy.” But when they got to a certain point in their journey the miracle took place. You must be willing to step out in faith and try things in order to find what works and what doesn’t.