Elohim. In the original languages in which the Bible was written, God had multiple names. One God, but each of His names reveals an aspect of His personality. Elohim was Hebrew for “God, the Creator.” If, as the Bible tells us, your children are created in His imagine, it is not surprising they have an urge to create things.
Creativity is natural in children. It seems they are born curious and love to experiment with different ways to express themselves. Parents often encourage young children to explore and be creative with art, writing, drama or a host of other ways of communicating their hearts and minds.
Sadly, as children grow older, other things often stifle their natural, God-given curiosity and creativity. Schools push memorization in efforts to improve test scores. Parents rush children from activity to activity, many of which are highly structured to maintain order or to develop a winning team. Free time is non-existent and when it does happen, our children are often in front of some sort of screen being fed a diet of pre-planned programming.
The world and more importantly God’s Kingdom – the Church – may be missing out on what your children could offer. Who knows what plans God has for your children if they were only allowed to be curious and explore their creativity? If the products of their creativity “only” touched one life, wouldn’t that make a positive impact? What if the creativity hidden inside of your children touched hundreds or thousands of souls for God’s Kingdom?
Take a look around your child’s world. Have you carved out time when they can think and create without distractions? Do they have a place to create where they have an environment they need in which to experiment? Can you provide your children with supplies to encourage them to design things or explore items to spark ideas for their next creation?
One of our jobs as parents is to help our kids develop the gifts God has given them. Creativity and curiosity are given to almost every child. Create a home environment which encourages your child to be curious and create. You may just be amazed at how God uses their creations!