Creativity in the Workplace

“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14- The Message

I happen to think creativity is important. I also believe everyone has the potential to be creative. In Genesis we read God created humanity in His image. God is creative, and we can see this by looking at the complexity of the human body, the beauty of a sunset, and the way lives are transformed by Him. We are created, and called to re-create/be creative.

I also think work is important. Again, in Genesis we see that God gave Adam and Eve the job of tilling the garden (of Eden). All this happened before the first sin of eating the forbidden fruit. Work is part of the God’s good creation for people.

God has made us creative, and called us to work. Some of the most enjoyable and fulfilling work environments were, and are, the ones which challenge me to be creative in my job. I feel my contributions and ideas are valued. I value a supervisor who not only recognizes talent, but also provides opportunity for workers to present creative ideas. As a boss, be secure enough to not feel threatened by good ideas “from below.”

However, what about those work situations and bosses which do not get excited about sparks of genius? Eventually, everyone will find themselves in a job which desires your labor without your feedback. What is a worker to do?

Re-think creativity. It’s not just about artistic ability or new programs. Jesus is talking about hospitality in the above verse. Finding opportunities to go out of our way for another. This is re-creating a circumstance or situation.

Keep Open House, be Generous with Your Lives: Some friends opened their house up to Melanie and I a few weeks ago. We snacked and talked late into the night. It was great! Houses and living places are great spaces to connect with other people. Use what you have to bless someone else. By generously opening our spaces, others are invited to be open to the work of God in their life. We can be welcoming to others because that is the model Jesus has shown us.

In a creative slump? Think people instead of programs. Think home instead of office.

How has someone shown you re-creating hospitality recently?

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