God's CPS

Sunday, October 3, 2010

When I was a high school English teacher, one of the classroom objectives was to teach Creative Problem Solving (CPS). This strategy is a mental process of solving a problem independently by using novel and innovative solutions. We all deal with challenges at home, at work, in school, and in community that require creative problem solving. Have you ever considered that one of the most important aspects of prayers is as stimulus to creative ideas? We have within us the ability to live creatively and constructively through the power of prayer. What better way to stimulate creativity than to go to the greatest creator of all! God IS creativity!

The Bible says we are made in his “image and likeness” so we have his creative attributes within us.

The New Testament tells us, “The Kingdom of God is within you,” (Luke 17:21) God’s creativity is within us.

Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that we are his workmanship – his craft, his handiwork, his creation. God prepared us with his creativity to do good works.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Norman Vincent Peale told of a businessman who met periodically with other executives in “idea sessions” in order to tap into their creative ideas. The group spent 10 minutes in quiet prayer and meditation asking God to release proper ideas for the business. The next step was to pour out ideas, write them down on cards, and spread them on the table. No one criticized the others’ ideas, for the purpose of this initial session was to tap into creative ideas. The follow-up meeting provided an opportunity for them to develop their ideas. The men expressed that this process allowed them insight into challenges, gave them a feeling of confidence, and provided them fellowship.

Like these businessmen, we too can spend time in prayer and meditation asking God to release his creativity in us. Just think about the positive effect of God’s Creative Problem Solving – God’s CPS! We can have his creativity to solve our problems, to deal with our relationships, to share the Good News, to show love to the unlovely, and to repay evil with good. The possibilities are endless!

As we draw closer to Christ, we grow more Christ like. Let’s connect to Christ through prayer and meditation and draw from his Divine Creativity.


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