In general, I don’t necessarily see myself as a very creative person, relative to dreaming or “thinking outside the box”. My Type A personality often leads me down a path of rule following and by the book methods, excessive stresses, impatience, being too practical, etc. Those personality traits certainly have enviable qualities; they keep me out of trouble most of the time and also allow people to trust me with tasks, knowing that they will be completed successfully in a timely manner.
However, I think it is enormously important that I desire to attain or tap into traits and gifts that I don’t feel I currently utilize. This is especially true when it comes to creative thinking. It is more than likely that we all have the God-given ability to think creatively; it just comes more naturally to some than it does others. Too often, when I need to be creative I realize that I have allowed my habits, my daily routine, and my perfectionist tendencies to lock me into an imaginary box. I realize those things make me view things only one certain way. If I allow my daily thought patterns to become too predictable my perspective has a propensity to be predictable.
Today I’m asking the Creator to help me break out and stay out of the imaginary box my personality and thought patterns try to keep me in. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “we have the mind of Christ”. That gives me hope today!