"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with
a few things,
I will now put you in charge of many things"
Initiative is the ability to act before others do (without being prompted
or being told to do something by others), and being able to find a new
way(s) of solving problems. God has given to each of us a measure
of creativity, to be able to make things better, and to make the most
of every opportunity.
God has put a spark of His creative energy into every person. It's the
source of art and invention, and makes humans experiment, risk, fiddle,
revise, and generally want to change the way things are. In younger
children, creativity flows naturally, but as you mature, creativity may
be stifled by too much TV and entertainment, by unimaginative schools, by
the desire to imitate your peers, and by other factors.
God has given each of us abilities and skills which He wants us to use.
Creativity is seeing problems that everybody else sees, but then
thinking of solutions that no one else has considered. To find
new solutions, you need to believe in your own creativity and abilities,
and use these to solve problems, make decisions, plan and achieve goals.
To help you develop your creativity, take an object such as a toothbrush,
pen, wrench, mirror, or shoelace. Now, invent a new use for that
object, and demonstrate its use. For example, use a toothbrush for
erasing the blackboard, or use a mirror to warm up your lunch. The
crazier the use, the more fun it can be!
Did it surprise you that you came with so many different new ways
to use the object? Try it out on your friends and see what they
can come up with! Did it help to hear the ideas other people came
To find new new ways to use the object, you had to go ahead and put your
mind to work to come up with an idea, and then put your body into action to
show others the idea, and perhaps convince them that your wild ideas could
work! All this takes initiative. It's all about having "Get
Up and Go".
We all need initiative because God wants to help you become a more effective
leader. Pray and ask God to help you develop your creativity and
help you have more initiative to do things and help solve problems.