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When I was in college earning my education degrees we often studied Howard Gardner and the seven intelligences. Gardner believed that all people possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways. While we all have these seven intelligences or traits to some degree, where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences.

Some people are visual-spatial learners which means they think in terms of physical space as do architects and sailors. They like to draw, do jigsaw puzzles, read maps, and daydream. Others are bodily-kinesthetic learners and use their bodies effectively like dancers or surgeons. They like movement, making things, and role-playing. On a different note some have interpersonal skills and are great at understanding and interacting with others. They have empathy for others and make wonderful psychologists or social workers. Those who are logical-mathematical learners are excellent at reasoning and calculating and love to explore patterns and ask cosmic questions. And let's not forget those who excel linguistically and like to read, make up poetry and stories, and play word games.

If I were to ask someone in what areas they felt they really shined, most could tell me one or more areas where they feel the strongest. But if I ask those same people how creative they are, over half would deny feeling creative. But I believe every one of us has incredible creative potential and while some of us have discovered that creativity, for some it is hidden. Creativity is about the full and complete expression of your identity in Christ. It is about releasing the creative nature God has placed within each of us.

Creativity is the ability to bring someone new into existence by using one's imagination, ingenuity, inventiveness and knowledge. Do you like to bake? Are you one of those folks who can whip up a cake without really thinking about it, adding unusual ingredients and troubleshooting when something goes wrong? I know many who cannot so if you CAN that's your creativity shining through!

Are you a person who loves to fix things? Are you a McGuyver-wanna-be? Many people, when they come across something broken or not as it should be, don't know what to do! But if you have that instinct and can work wonders with a roll of duct tape, four paper clips, a pipe cleaner and two drinking cups, then you're creative!

So many people think that being creative means having the ability to paint, draw, or create other forms of art but that is a result of having artistic abilities. Being creative is so much more than that! In fact, what makes YOU unique and different is a result of God's creativity. Each of us is unusual and one-of-a-kind. Each of us has different gifts, weaknesses, and specialties. When you take your God-given talents or strengths and use them to make the world a better place or to make someone happy you are being creative.

Are you good at calming a crying toddler? Can you listen to a car engine and figure out what makes that knocking noise? Are you one of those folks who can program a computer, stretch a small paycheck so it lasts longer than it should, or make dinner with three random ingredients? Those are all signs of being creative!

You are what you create.

So let your strengths guide you.

Remember what you CAN do.

Be open to creativity showing up in unlikely places.

And then get out of the way!

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