The very first thing we learn about God, in the Bible, is that He is creator (Gen 1:1). Only God can step out on nothing and create everything with such precision. In other words, He thought it, He spoke it, and there it was. However, since God created mankind in His image and likeness, we ought to recognize that we are creative.

A story is told that a team of scientists discovered a way to make a man from dust, so they decided to challenge God. God accepted, but when the scientists began to gather the dust, God said, “Slow your roll … you gotta get your own dust.”

Though we may not be able to make something from literally nothing, God has given us creativity. T.D. Jakes said once, God didn’t create chairs, he created trees, and man saw the chair in the tree … THAT my friend is creativity.

Deuteronomy 8:18 teaches that God has even given us the power to “make” (or create) wealth. (New American Standard Bible) I’ve seen no better  example of this than in my cousin Shellane Pickett, of Stone Mountain Georgia. She has been able to forge a thriving business, Apple Butter Bakery & Custom Cakes, from a simple cake decorating class. What started as a hobby, done for friends and relatives, has become a widely recognized operation. It takes a creative mind to look at two square cakes and icing, and see a Gucci purse!

While you and I may not have the talent to produce such stunning visual work, there is something on the inside of each of us that God has deposited. Gifts and callings that only we posess to create opportunities with great possibilities. Unfortunately, most of us take the safe road to secure ourselves a living, but God wants us to have an abundant life.

By no means am I a “prosperity” preacher, but who among us have the next million dollar idea? I mean, who would have thought that a blanket with sleeves could make so much money? No matter what you do for a living, you can be creative. You could be the financial analyst that sees a better way to gain earnings, or the garbage worker that has a more efficient way to collect. Maybe you’re the plumber that has an idea for the next revolutionary tool, or a mom that has the power to seamlessly organize her house. I challenge you (I challenge myself) to look deep inside, and find that creative side. Who knows what you may gain from what you find.

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