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You Are More Creative Than You Think

Updated on May 11, 2019

Imagination and Curiosity

A creative mind is an imaginative and curious mind. Children are so curious and imaginative. I love to watch them play house, school, or have a tea party in their playhouse. They have all their little ideas and carry out their plans. Give a child a sheet of paper and a crayon or a few legos and see what happens. That imagination does not go away when we grow up.

I raised four boys. One was a daredevil. Another was sneaky. Another was spontaneous (sometimes embarrassingly). Another was clever in communicating his thoughts, fears, and experiences in unusual ways.

You might say "I have no imagination." I have a few questions for you:

Are you a worrier? If you worry, you have a vibrant imagination. Turn it around in a positive way.

Are you a dreamer? Do you have hopes and dreams for yourself or someone else? Then you have imagination.

Do you plan meals, vacations, and budgets for your family? You have imagination.

Are you known for cool holiday decorations? Then you have imagination.

Are you a black and white thinker? How did you come to learn those black and white facts? You are creative in proving your facts to others.

Are you a Mom? You are always seeking ways to get your kids to mind, do their chores, and eat their broccoli. You are persistent in going back to the drawing board when something doesn't work.

Creativity starts with imagination. You imagine first, then put hands and feet to it and create.

Give a child some legos and their imagination and creativity take off.
Give a child some legos and their imagination and creativity take off. | Source
As this woman worries, her imagination is working overtime.
As this woman worries, her imagination is working overtime. | Source

If you worry, you have a vibrant imagination."

A World Without Human Imagination and Creativity

God is the Master Creator of the Universe (Genesis 1). If you look at the incredible order, complexity, and immense beauty of the universe, nature, the human body, the animal world, you will see that our God has an unfathomable imagination and creative mind. As we humans are created in His image, he has bestowed upon us the imaginative and creative mind. What would the world be like if he hadn't?

  • Jonas Salk (developed Polio vaccination), Alexander Fleming (discovered Penicillin), and other doctors and scientists would never have created vaccines, medications and other treatments for serious, even life-threatening diseases and conditions.
  • Thomas Edison would have given up trying to create a light bulb long before reaching his thousandth attempt (yes, he attempted over a thousand times). Alexander Graham Bell would not have invented the telephone.
  • Grace Hopper would never have invented computer programing, Bill Gates would never have invented Microsoft, and Steve Jobs would never have invented Apple computers and the iPhone.
  • Maria Telkes would never have invented the first solar-powered heating system. Hedy Lamarr would never have invented frequency hopping, and Marie Curie would never have discovered radioactivity, polonium, and radium.
  • Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Michael Angelo would never have created their great works of art.
  • Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach would never have composed their beautiful music.
  • The Wright Brothers and Henry Ford would have never created the airplane or motor car.
  • Astronomers Galileo, Copernicus, Ptolemy, and Hubble would never have discovered great mysteries in the heavens and the universe.
  • NASA would never have made and launched Apollo 11 to land on the moon and Neil Armstrong would never have been the first man to walk on the moon.
  • William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Harper Lee, and Stephen King would never have written their classic literature.
  • Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost, and Maya Angelou would have never written their classic inspiring poetry.
  • John Nash would never have discovered game theory nor Albert Einstien the theory of relativity.
  • America's founding fathers would never have written the Constitution of the United States of America.
  • Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, and Ron Howard would have never directed great movies.
  • Great thespians Katherine (and Audrey) Hepburn, James Stewart, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks would never have held us spellbound in front of the silver screen.

We could go on forever, couldn't we? I know we are all so grateful for the gift of creativity God has given mankind. It has added color to our lives, influenced, inspired, helped, and saved billions of people through the ages. If we had no imagination and creativity humankind would probably die from boredom.

Great Creators of the Past

I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners."

— Vincent Van Gogh

Everyone is Creative

Sometimes people will say "I haven't a creative bone in my body." They often feel inferior to those who create great works. They shouldn't. Everyone has a useful creative part of them. Consider these:

  • If you tell tall tales and are prone to hyperbole to make people like you or to get out of tight situations, you are creative.
  • If you buy a new golf putter on sale for one hundred thirty-five dollars when you only went to the sporting goods store to buy a fifty dollar pair of hiking boots and convince your wife you saved money, you are creative.
  • If you make an impression on people when you quip wittily, wax wise, speak eloquently, or verbally manipulate people (in good or bad ways), you are creative.
  • If you can pack a small trunk with tons of boxes or luggage and make them fit, you are creative.
  • If you accent your wardrobe attractively, you are creative.
  • If you can figure out ways to look thinner, you are creative.
  • If you figure out ways to get stubborn stains out of white clothing, you are creative.
  • If you can make a delicious meal out of the last three ingredients in your fridge, you are creative.

These forms of creativity may not help an astronaut walk on Pluto, but they make life easier, more interesting, and more rewarding.

If you buy a new golf putter on sale for one hundred thirty-five dollars when you only went to the sporting goods store to buy a fifty dollar pair of hiking boots and convince your wife you saved money, you are creative.
If you buy a new golf putter on sale for one hundred thirty-five dollars when you only went to the sporting goods store to buy a fifty dollar pair of hiking boots and convince your wife you saved money, you are creative. | Source

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder."

— Ronald Reagan

Using Our Creative Gifts to Teach, Help, and Inspire

You may argue that your bits of creativity are no big deal comparatively, but we must keep in mind that God has a plan for everyone and he gives a multitude of gifts and means to use them.

We need to use these everyday practical forms of creativity to teach, help, and inspire others. It's easier to teach someone how to pack a trunk than how to build a bridge. People are more grateful for these every day helps.

Let me share with you friends and family I have that rock at cool, practical creative endeavors, and can teach, help, and inspire others.

  • Dad was an innovative fire starter. He made amazing newspaper logs that burned hot and for a very long time.
  • Dorene creates a beautiful Christmas stage set every year for her Bluegrass band shows and no one knows it's made of PVC pipe, duct tape, and cardboard. She also figured how to make almond milk from scratch at home.
  • Erin and Cindy work marvels at setting up elegant table settings, flower arrangements and decorations for special occasions.
  • Kristi, Anna, and MaryAnn are amazing gardeners and have a plethora of gardening ideas and tips for problem areas.
  • DiAnna, Cathy, and team plan and prepare meals for the entire church every single Sunday.
  • Elaine single-handedly puts together attractive bulletin boards for her church.
  • Mary, Sheryl, Sandee, Linda and I get together every so often and make crowns and decorations for birthday parties using dollar store materials.
  • Susan is the head administrator of our community facebook page with thousands of members and is gifted at keeping it a safe, useful environment and sensitively deals with problem members and situations.

Awesome.

Dorene can make something amazing with these three objects.
Dorene can make something amazing with these three objects.

Use Your Creativity Large or Small

Many people think if they are creative in small ways they are" less than" people who use their creativity in a career. God didn't call you necessarily to make a career of a creative ability you have. But he does expect us to use them to honor Him, and make life better for self and others. Don't write yourself off if you garden well but are not an architect designing beautiful buildings and bridges. They have their place, but beautiful gardens are much prettier to humankind that those things.

Search out, recognize, and utilize your creative parts, small, medium or large. Whatever your creative gifts are, God gave them to you and wants to bless you and others by utilizing them.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

— Maya Angelou

© 2019 Lori Colbo

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    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hi Dora, I think there are people out there who feel so down on themselves they don't they have anything of any value to offer the world and that is very sad. It's also a lack of understanding who God is and how He made us. He didn't bring us into the world to flounder and be nothing. He loves us all so dearly and gave us all gifts of ability and creativity in some way shape or form.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      It seems that not finding and using your gift of creativity is an act of ingratitude--neglecting what our Creator has given us. Lori, no one should have that problem after reading your article. Good job!

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thank you Bill.

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      William Kovacic 

      3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      That is a pretty thorough article, Lori. I don't think you left anything out. Thanks for the encouragement, conviction, and challenge.

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Back attcha Pop.

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      breakfastpop 

      3 months ago

      Dear Lori,

      Thank you so much. Happy Mother's Day...

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      So do I Eric, I am very blessed.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Love your friends Lori

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Well, there you go Pamela, you rock at creative.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I love this article, and I do believe everyone is creative is one way or another. Even wrapping up a gift with pretty paper and ribbon is being creative. Cooking a fancy meal could be anothe way to be creative. Your examples were good as they were a nice variety of various ways to be creative.

      This article made me feel good as I write, I have reseached the genealogy of our family and I make stained glass art, so I guess I am creative. I never thought of myself as they way. Thank you.

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Pop, I totally agree. You are a creative person. Your ideas for your breakfast pop column with the different bugs are very unique and brilliant.

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Audrey, they say to write anything, even if it's bad or boring. I took a journaling class once and I always went dry when she gave a writing prompt. She said to just do a stream of consciousness and write about my feelings about being frustrated. BORING. But listening to others would spur me on.

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      breakfastpop 

      3 months ago

      I do believe that there is creativity in everyone. Finding the right path to express it is the key. Once it's found it will be your best friend forever.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 months ago from California

      Sometimes, I just sit with my notepad in front of me and nothing comes--it happens more often than I would like--usually then, I just write nonsense until something comes out--I have had a fair number of those days lately--

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Audrey,

      I always think of you as creative in a musical way but then again I don't know you personally. I get frustrated when I sit down to write and can't come up with something. I know it's in me, but like you said, sometimes it's elusive. I'm glad you were encouraged.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 months ago from California

      Sometimes, I feel like creativity is just out of reach--my hand is not high enough to grab it and pull it toward me--This made me feel better today!

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wow, RT, what a powerful poem Piper read. I like your point that we can use our creativity for evil as much as for good. Thanks for sharing your story, and comments. Blessings.

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Well Linda, you made my day. It's a blessing to watch others be blessed. I hope your day continues to get better. Hugs.

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      RTalloni 

      3 months ago from the short journey

      A neat read for everyone because people who know they are creative sometimes feel like they have run out of it!

      You've reminded me of two things. First, John Piper's poem, Conflict With Sloth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pEv9nYJ61k

      Also of an situation when a man worked deceitfully to accomplish a prideful, rebellious act that harmed many people, and particularly one. Caught, he professed repentance, but the counselor recognized the profession for what it was when the man asked for a check list of things to do to make things right. The counselor wisely replied with advice for the man to be as creative in his repentance as he was in his harmful behaviors. Sadly, the counselor did not hear from the man again.

      Yes, God has indeed made us each one with built-in creativity, but striving to use it for good and not permitting ourselves to use it for evil is key, isn't it?

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      Linda Lum 

      3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I needed a pick-me-up today. On a scale of 1 to 10, thusfar it's been about a minus 2. Now, after reading this, I'm feeling a bit brighter. Thank you for your inspiring, encouraging words.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Sweet Ruby, that's the idea. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I like this. Your encouragement will inspire others to do something that they thought impossible. Way to go!

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Eric, don't be too long. I'd love to see this applied by child rearing.

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hi Bill, what a blessing God snatched you out of the fire so you could bless us all with your friendship and inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My creativity surfaced when I was sixty. I'm sure it was there all along, but I had to stop drinking to find it. :) Love the message here, Lori!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I sure like this. "Eric stay on your toes". And then "I will teach you the rules and moves but it is up to you to bend them". Words my dad taught me maybe '64.

      I have the best "sideline" job. There are at least a Gazillion rules for legal brief type writing. Those legal beagles only call me when they want something within the rules but emotional/creative. How fun is that?

      I am going to come back as I am thinking of how to apply this to raising children.

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