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CULTIVATING CREATIVITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS

 

by John C Maxwell
Like everyone I know, I was horrified to learn of the tragic devastation that occurred in Nepal and the surrounding region when an earthquake struck. I lived in California for many years, where earthquakes were a fact of life. But I never experienced anything like the quake that hit that region last week. The destruction and loss of life are heart-breaking.
 
 

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I won’t attempt to give advice to the people affected by the tragedy. What they most need from us is prayer and relief efforts. But one thing I do know is that they will need to be creative in overcoming the difficulties they are now faced with. And we can all benefit from learning more about that topic. On that note, today I’d like to talk a little about creativity.
 
To face the greatest challenges of life, we need to cultivate creative thinking. In times of crisis, you need to tap into every good idea you have. And of course, the best time to increase your creativity is before the crisis occurs. This can be done by establishing the discipline of creative thinking. Here are a few ways we can do that:
 
1. Spend Time With Creative People.
Make a habit, both inside and outside of work, of spending time with creatives. Let their way of thinking challenge and influence yours.
 
2. Look For The Obvious.
When problem-solving, many of us make the mistake of looking only for the “big” solution. Creativity means exploring all ideas, even the obvious and seemingly insignificant ones. Often the simplest solution is the best solution.
 
3. Be Unreasonable.
Logic and creativity can work together quite well, but sometimes rational thinking gets in the way of being creative. Be willing to look at unreasonable ideas. Often they expand your thinking and lead to breakthroughs that you might otherwise miss.
 
4. Practice Mental Agility.
Creativity requires flexibility. Rigid, bureaucratic thinking is in direct opposition innovation and creativity. So make a habit of considering every idea, no matter how difficult it might seem to implement or how much change it may require.
 
5. Dare to be different.
Being creative means standing outside of the norm. You must cultivate a willingness to challenge every rule and assumption.
 
6. See Problems As Opportunities.
Sometimes the only difference between a problem and an opportunity is the word you use to describe it. Whenever you face a problem, take a step back and ask how it could be described as an opportunity—to innovate, build, and improve.
 
The discipline of creative thinking will change you—and for the better. As jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.”
 
My prayer is that people who have spent years cultivating creativity are already at work in Nepal – and the Middle East, and around the world – to serve people and bring solutions to hurting nations. May we find creative ways to offer relief, and keep them in our prayers.
 

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OVERCOMING FEAR WITH FAITH IN GOD

 

Finding your destiny will probably look different from my story and time at Rhema Bible training Centre Zambia, but one thing is true for all of us; the bible tells us that God has a plan and destiny for each one of our lives. Another thing that is true for all of us is that finding His plan requires a total dependence and surrender to Him. The question that I have been asked the most since starting Woman At Liberty Ministries (WALM) is if I had any fears about going into Ministry full time.

 

 

 

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I certainly had fears about stepping out into the unknown, but with each step that I took, God’s faithfulness had reassured me that I was walking in what He had called me to do. I can now confidently say that I no longer have fear in this area. It took me some time to break free from any feelings of fear at first. But once I started to learn about how Jesus made me a new creation in Him, I realized that there was nothing to be ashamed of!
I now live boldly to declare what the Word of the Lord has done in my life, because I know that it has the power to set others free! So often people ask me for tips on stepping out in faith, and into their calling and the first thing I say is;

1. Step of faith; this is where God’s guidance comes in! I always say that God is better at guiding us than a GPS.
2. Walking out God’s plan for us is having a continual reliance on God, and staying grounded in His Word.
3. Be patient, because it takes time! When it comes to walking out our destiny, patience is one of the most vital pieces of the puzzle, yet it can be one of the most difficult.
4. When it comes to walking in your destiny, I strongly suggest that you do not try to do it alone! God’s Word encourages us to seek out wise council as well as to team up with others!

 
God desires to use each one of us to bless, encourage, and minister to others. I pray that you choose faith over fear, and to step into the plan He has for you!The following graduates are working together at WALM.
                                                                                         Gloria Kanene ’12 (Founder)                                                                                                          Wanga Mosha ’15
                                                                                                 Kaundime Chizinga ’12
                                                                                                      Mwimba Salimu ’12
                                                                                                          Sanana Theu ’12


 

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