Living in a time that can cause us to lose heart we need to be creative. We need to let go of the comfortable and step out into the possible. Yet, creativity requires courage. It requires us to do what may be inconvenient or not usual. It means taking what is ordinary and presenting it from a different perspective and in a new arrangement, transforming it into a new thing, reshaping the usual. It holds the possibility of progress for those unafraid of rejection. We are living in a time desperate for visionaries both in public life and in our church. Holding on to what is comfortable and traditional might cause us to reject the wonder of the not yet. Our call is to be open and to be able to risk creative possibilities.
O God, give me the courage to recognize and to accept truth in whatever form it comes.
Examine your attitudes. Do you find yourself mired in a sense of cynicism and lack of hope? Are you stuck in “the way it always is”? Do you regard creative ideas and new approaches with suspicion? Are you willing to do something different or inconvenient to further the common good? If so, how can you develop a healthy and common sense openness to new possibilities? If not, how can you help to foster creative thinking?
When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”
Matthew 13:52 -58
I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono
Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.
When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.
The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.