“Creativity” has become a popular buzzword in recent years. There is no shortage of books, articles, and seminars designed to boost your creativity and help you think differently. No doubt, as leaders, we all crave an extra dose of creativity as we tackle complex problems and search for new ideas.
I recently read an article about the traits of creative people, and I was struck by how the list reflected what I know to be true of God. Three particular traits stood out to me:
- The ability to extract order from chaos
- A willingness to take risks
Extracting Order from Chaos
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep” (Gen. 1:1-2, ESV).
Is there anything conventional about God’s ways? Not at all. God even tells us Himself: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways” (Isaiah 55:8). Whether it’s through a burning bush (Exodus 3) or a talking donkey (Numbers 22:21-41), God uses the most unconventional methods to get our attention and communicate His message to us.
God is the ultimate risk-taker because He has chosen Love, the greatest risk of all. God could have pre-programmed humanity to respond to His love, but instead He chose to give us free will. He wants us to choose His love. Whenever we show our love for someone, there is always a risk that our love will not be returned. God chooses that risk every day.
Are you seeking to build more creativity into your life? Imitate our Maker, the God of Creativity. Find ways to extract order from the chaos of your life. Don’t be afraid to be unconventional or to take risks. The creative spark is a Divine spark. Allow it to ignite a fire inside of you.