Welcome & Expect the unexpected
Most people do not see themselves as being creative, but we all are.
Most people say, “My sister’s creative, she paints,” or “My father’s
creative, he sings and writes music.” We miss the point that we are all
One of the reasons we don’t see ourselves that way is that we normally
associate being “creative” with being “original.” But in reality, creativity
has nothing to do with originality—it has everything to do with being
You don’t have to be original to be creative. In fact, it sometimes helps
to realize that no one is original.
Even Mozart said that he never wrote an original melody in his life. His
melodies were all recombinations of old folk melodies.
Look at Elvis Presley. People thought he was a true original when he
first came upon the scene. But he wasn’t. He was just the first white
person to ever sing with enthusiasm. His versions of songs, however,
were often direct copies from African-American rhythm and blues
singers. Elvis acknowledged that his entire style was a combination of
Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, and James Brown, as well as a variety of
Although Elvis wasn’t original, he was creative. Because he was so
If you believe you were created in the image of your Creator, then you
must, therefore, be creative. Then, if you’re willing to see yourself as
creative, you can begin to cultivate it in everything you do. You can
start coming up with all kinds of unexpected solutions to the challenges
that life throws at you.