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‘God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.’ Philippians 2:13 NLT

You will only have good ideas if you value ideas. Otherwise you’ll drift through life living off other people’s ideas. Creative thinkers:

(1) Explore every option. Exploring a multitude of possibilities helps to stimulate your imagination, and imagination is crucial to creativity. Albert Einstein said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Why is that? Because it looks for new ways to put your knowledge to work.

(2) Accept ambiguity. Creative people don’t feel the need to stamp out all uncertainty. They see various kinds of inconsistencies and gaps in life, and they take delight in exploring those gaps or using their imagination to fill them in. When you find an unmet need, you can either conclude that nothing can be done about it, or pray and look for a way to meet that need (see Philippians 4:19).

(3) Celebrate the wacky. Creativity explores off the usual pathways. It tries something different. It doesn’t ignore things or people just because they look a bit strange. To foster creativity, you must be willing to work with people who are original and odd.

(4) Are not afraid of failure. Creativity requires a willingness to look stupid. It means going out on a limb, knowing that limbs often break. Creative people know these things and still keep searching for new ideas. They refuse to let the ideas that don’t work prevent them from coming up with ones that do.

SoulFood: Ezek 20–21, Luke 19: 28–40 Ps 111, Pr 19:18–20

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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