Are you wondering, like others, what God means by “getting out of the box”? Creativity is key! Let me explain….
In the “box”
I was once much more creative with music, drawing and painting than I am now. For the longest time this frustrated me, because I thought I had lost my connection with this area of my life. Somewhere in my mind, I thought that for me to be creative I had to write songs, play an instrument, paint or get in touch with nature. Then I got busy with my career, and later, when I would return to one of these other creative outlets, the fulfillment I once had was not as strong as it used to be. I thought my creativity had died and I mourned the loss of a part of my life that was once so expressive.
My “box” limited me
There was a time in my life when I played my guitar on a daily basis and I wrote a song at least once a week. Now I play my guitar much less often and seldom write songs. I used to draw and paint and take long walks in nature as a way to stir creativity. Now I write training courses and speeches, and edit audio and video clips on my laptop. I often take very long walks in airports looking for my gate. Though my life has changed, I have discovered my destiny along the way.
How are you going to break out of the box?
1. Feel free
In relating my experience, I am not trying to downplay these valuable means of creativity. I highly recommend expressing yourself in any way you feel free to do. As I write this, I am in my fifties and in the midst of a fast-paced lifestyle. Yet I am learning more about creativity and how to express this life-spring within me. Allow yourself to freely be creative.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” Galatians 5:1 NIV.
2. Look for something new
Several years ago I stumbled upon some gifts and talents that I had no idea existed in me. I discovered some things that I am good at and that gave me an incredible amount of fulfillment. I was surprised to find that my strongest gifts include influencing people through public speaking, writing and making people laugh.
Like most people, I dreaded public speaking and believed that I could not write books because I failed miserably in English class in high school. To this day I have difficulty with spelling and grammar, but I have found ways to work through my weaknesses. Though I have always been naturally funny, I never dreamed that I could actually do stand-up comedy on a stage with professional comedians!
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19
You can find your own style of creativity too. Out of the box creativity partners the Holy Spirit with your talents, gifts and desires.
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~ Doug Addison
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Doug Addisonis a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages, also shared on TV, radio and the Internet for over a decade. He brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.