In an effort to stimulate creativity, I’m collected a list of creative expressions that are common to our life experience.  As you read the list, you may think, “Wait a minute!  This list includes many of life’s activities.”  If you had that thought, I would agree with you.  And that’s exactly the point I’m trying to make:  Your life is filled with creative expressions.  You may think, “I’m not very creative,” but if think like that, you are incorrect.  A creative God created you to be creative and you will be creative whether you think about it or not. 

This understanding came to me recently as I adjusted my purpose statement to read “to create order out of chaos.”  Previously, I had presented my statement as “to bring order out of chaos.”  There is a big difference, however, between bringing and creating.  This simple change has revolutionized how I view myself.  Instead of seeing creativity as someplace I only “visited” on occasion, I now see myself as “living” there.  I studied my life and saw that I am creative in what I do, not sometimes, but most of the time.  Consider these personal expressions of my creativity:

  1. Starting my businesses (3)
  2. Writing The Monday Memo
  3. Writing my weekly Bible studies
  4. Writing for my blog site
  5. Consulting
  6. Executive and leadership coaching
  7. Developing and teaching seminars
  8. My sense of humor
  9. Writing books
  10. Responding to emails
  11. Event planning (I am a Certified Meeting Professional)
  12. Time management and organization
  13. Travel arrangements and planning
  14. Public speaking
  15. Appearances on radio and television shows to be interviewed
  16. Developing my website
  17. My travel

As you review the creative expressions listed above and below, I don’t want you to be content with studying someone else’s lists.  I want you to develop your own list of your personal creative expressions.  If there are any that aren’t on this list, please send them to me at and I will add them.  Most importantly, use this list to stimulate your own creativity to recognize your creativity. You are creative!


So, without further ado, let’s list the possible creative expressions that are common to the human experience:

  1. Raising children
  2. Handwriting
  3. Wardrobe planning
  4. Making repairs
  5. Gardening and farming
  6. Time management
  7. Problem-solving
  8. Cooking and baking
  9. Decorating
  10. Prayer
  11. Gift-giving
  12. Hospitality
  13. Teaching
  14. Song-writing
  15. Editing
  16. Organizing parties
  17. Investing
  18. Conducting war
  19. Organization and structure
  20. Building
  21. Architectural design
  22. Research
  23. Arts and crafts
  24. Sewing
  25. Dance
  26. Singing
  27. Playing an instrument
  28. Home-making
  29. Drama and acting
  30. Inventions
  31. Poetry
  32. Writing
  33. Song arranging
  34. Driving a vehicle
  35. Choreography
  36. Consulting
  37. Movie making
  38. Movie directing and producing
  39. Humor
  40. Playing and coaching sports
  41. Photography
  42. Painting and drawing
  43. Sculpture
  44. Leadership
  45. Running a business
  46. Daydreaming
  47. Inventions and innovations
  48. Advertising and public relations
  49. Graphic design
  50. Secretarial work
  51. Hobbies, such as scrap book-ing, stamp collecting, etc.
  52. Thinking and daydreaming
  53. Cosmetology and makeup
  54. Menu planning
  55. Thinking and daydreaming
  56. Interior design
  57. Landscape design
  58. Computer programming
  59. Website design
  60. Goal-setting
  61. Brainstorming
  62. Team building
  63. Linguistics
  64. Product and package design
  65. Surgery
  66. Sales
  67. Mentoring others
  68. Meditating
  69. Making excuses
  70. Sin
  71. Being the person you were never meant to be.


Plus one reader sent me these thoughtful considerations:

  1. We create harmony and peace or discord and disruption through our chosen attitudes and responses to daily life.
  2. When we choose to walk in the Spirit and be led by Him we have a hand in the creation of the Fruits of the Spirit in our lives.
  3. By stepping out in faith we create a spiritual space / right atmosphere for God to work in. 
  4. We also create pleasure when we step out in faith - God's pleasure (without faith it is impossible to please Him).
  5. When we exhort and encourage one another we help create in each other the strength and courage to persevere.


Another reader from Zimbabwe sent me the following excerpt:

"[Caroline] was not imaginative. She loved beauty and she was creative, but her creativeness found its joy in the shaping of everyday life to a form of comeliness, so that it became not just something that one put up with, but something that was enjoyable and lovely in itself.  [Her brother] would have roared with derisive laughter if she had told him that making beds and baking cakes were activities that had for her beautiful shapes like flowers, but he snored in a well-made bed and devoured a well-made cake with equal pleasure and enthusiasm." - Elizabeth Goudge, "The Heart of the Family" (Hodder and Stoughton, Great Britain: 1953) p 134

So many people who make life beautiful and happy for others each day don't seem to see themselves as creative. Nor do most other people. To me this is sad, because we need these people even more than the great artists and musicians. They shape the whole world experience for the children and adults for whom they care and love. Selfless love is perhaps the most creative gift of all because it enables souls to blossom, and gives them the courage and confidence to reach out for their own creativity and place in the sun.


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