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September 2010
Character Trait – Creativity:
Check It Out. – What Does It Matter? – How Does it Count?
Discerningly Creative
Do you consider yourself creative? We usually think of creativity as a natural ability or personality type rather than a character trait. Yet we cannot escape the fact that one aspect of the Creator God’s character is creativity. It is part of the joy of His creation and the character trait of joy. Since Genesis 1:26 says we are created in His image, then we have an element of this creativity in us. As we will see, however, it isn’t just the ability to produce artwork, perform, or write imaginatively.

Proverbs 8:12 equates creativity with wisdom and prudence: “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.” The phrase “witty inventions” can have both positive and negative connotations. In one sense it refers to mischievous devises or plans that need to be thwarted – the machinations of men and evil forces.

In the positive sense, it includes quick, penetrating discernment, good judgment, and powerful perception. That’s why it partners with wisdom and prudence.

This same type of perception is seen throughout the Old Testament whenever the passage refers to people who are skilled at something (2 Chronicles 2:7, 8; 34:12 are a few examples). In the King James Version, the word skill is used as a verb as well as a noun. The individuals could skill at building or playing instruments. Literally, they could perceive, mentally separate, and discover.

God gives each of us the ability to understand, be wise, discern, and discover. This discovery process almost always parallels our unique design. Concrete thinkers are discerningly creative in discovering distinctions between facts and observations. Abstract thinkers are discerningly creative in discovering relationships between ideas and principles.

Our theme this month revolves around organization; our goal is to organize ourselves in a way that makes sense to us and will work for us. If you are struggling in this area, consider this idea that God has placed within you the ability to discern and discover what can work for you. When you do, you will find that it brings joy.
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