Our definition through this study of Creativity has been, Finding different ways of doing things. Most discoveries and inventions have been because people pushed the limits of the ordinary. They had the ability and incentive to look at things from a different perspective. They had the determination to not give up, which is great!
One very important thing we need to remember when using our creativity to accomplish something is not to compromise morals or God’s laws. We must constantly remind our children that the ends does not justify the means.
For example it is not OK to use items that do not belong to you to be able to complete your project. Just as it is not OK to lie about your sources, or anything else. These basic character traits must be taught while they are young, even within the simplest circumstances.
You may think not lying, not stealing, etc… are a given to teach your children under any circumstances, but think of these things on a much bigger scale. Think of the struggles we have currently because people were ‘creative’ in trying to solve problems without staying within the limits of God’s commands; whether it be our economic situation, which is mainly because we violated the principles of debt; or abortion, because we neglected to acknowledge that life begins at conception as the Bible says. Why do we have such problems with people violating copyright laws? Because they do not obey the command not to steal! Think of the major problems we have and examine the roots of it, is it because someone tried to do something without following God’s commands and principles?
So teaching your children to honor God in the basics in every area of life, even in their creativity, will equip them acknowledge their limits when they are older. It is when we try to justify our means we end up in a mess!!!
What about time management? It is not good to neglect the important, needful things to allow your creative abilities to be used. There are times when you are creating something that things need to be put on hold for a short time. This is why a writer will often go away and write without distractions. When I am working on a quilt or catering, I often have to put everything aside and focus. At the same time, I have to have discretion and not neglect my primary duty of being a wife, mother and manager of my home. I can’t violate God’s commands to me just so I can be "creative"!
Does your creativity bring glory to God or glory to man? He does say that with obedience comes blessings and disobedience comes curses. Staying within God’s limits will multiply your efforts.
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
"Look! This is something new"?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.