Uniqueness

I’ve never considered myself the creative type. Brainstorming clever ideas and coming up with imaginative plans have never been my strong suit.

I’ve always been the ‘feet-to-the-pavement’ to my wife’s visioneering. She’ll envision the big picture; I’ll get it done.

And would you classify me as a dreamer? Hardly.

Photo credit: Shattered Infinity (Creative Commons)

Creatives are often put in high regards nowadays for good reason: out-of-the-box thinking, expressive, push the envelope…

In the same vein however, I want to be reminded the important words that Paul penned to the church in Ephesus:

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

The fact is that we have all been created to bring glory to God.

End of story.

Our identity rests in Jesus alone — in His truths and His work in our lives.

For me that involves remembering that in my own life: that I am fearfully and wonderfully made; specific and unique; loved.

No matter our personality-type, intelligence-level, or inclination to tell a funny joke, we can hold fast to the truth that God has personally crafted our being to bring him glory and honor.

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Do you consider yourself a ‘creative’?
How are you thankful that God specifically made you today? 

56 Comments

  • JG

    October 19, 2011

    I try to be creative, but it never really works out. I’m a dreamer but in a lot of ways I’m like you – I’ll take the idea and make it happen.

    I was just reading Psalm 139 this morning and was reminded that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God made no mistakes in creating any of us. And, like you said, we are all unique, in our own unique little way.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      Wonderful chapter, eh John? No mistakes at all. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jason Vana

    October 19, 2011

    I tend to think of myself as a creative and a huge visionary kind of person. My top StrengthsFinder strength is Futuristic – meaning I thrive on imagining how things could be, visioning for the future, all that jazz.

    But I don’t think being creative or visionary is any bigger or better than being a doer. The problem most visionary people have is that they don’t know how to get from where they are at to where they are dreaming. We need each other: visionaries need doers to help them make their dreams a reality and doers need visionaries to give them a direction to push forward in.

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    • Arny

      October 19, 2011

      i couldn’t have said it better Vana…

      Really good point there…

      we need each other…

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      • Jason Vana

        October 19, 2011

        Thanks Arny!
        I already have some notes down to do a post about that very topic next week =D

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        • Dustin

          October 20, 2011

          Ooo, a teaser…. :)

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        • Luther Wesley

          October 20, 2011

          Very well put Mr. Vana. If everyone was sitting around dreaming nothing would get done and if there were no dreamers the doers would have nothing to do.

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      • Dustin

        October 20, 2011

        I’m gonna start calling him Vana also. That’s just solid.

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    • kristinherdy

      October 19, 2011

      I thought futuristic being a strength meant you had antennae and could fly with anti-gravity boots. I have so much to learn ;)

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      • Jason Vana

        October 19, 2011

        SHHHH – I don’t want my secret getting out, or the government will be after me!

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        • Dustin

          October 20, 2011

          Video it, or it didn’t happen.

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          • Jason Vana

            October 20, 2011

            Did you not just see that if I let my secret out, the government will kidnap me and perform tests on me? Area 51 and all that. lol

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    • Joseph

      October 19, 2011

      I echo what Jason said. Couldn’t be said any better.

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      • Jason Vana

        October 19, 2011

        Wow – you guys are going to give me a big head or something. Thanks bud!

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        • Dustin

          October 20, 2011

          Vana must be onto something! :)

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      I’m not familiar with StrengthsFinder – that a well known strengths test?

      And thanks for the comment – I was toying with titling this post “Creatives and Doers”, funny enough.

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      • Jason Vana

        October 20, 2011

        It’s based on a book based on the premise that if you spend time developing your weaknesses, you can become good, but if you develop your strengths, you can become great. It’s backed by years of research of the most successful people and categorizes 34 talents or strengths – kind of the way your brain is wired. You take a massive online test and it gives you the top 5 ways your brain is wired. It was really cool to see that the results actually matched things I knew about myself. I require all my ministry leaders to read it and take the test.

        Here’s the link for more: http://www.strengthsfinder.com/home.aspx

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  • Arny

    October 19, 2011

    Like Jason said above…

    We need each other…

    I’m a big creative…huge!

    But i’m a terrible Planner! Terrible!

    For us creating is sooo much fun…
    and of course we try to go through with the doing…but it’s a hassle for us…not so much fun…

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      Terrible planner? But you do so well with the blog, Arny! :)

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      • Arny

        October 20, 2011

        I know! Weird isn’t it? lol…

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  • Moe

    October 19, 2011

    I consider myself a creative. Where I have trouble is trying to get other people involved in said creativity. I’m a thinker and a doer, but not a good “gather the troops” and let’s do this type of guy.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      Really? I would have guessed the opposite. I feel you connect with people so well! Thanks for sharing, Moe.

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  • Ryan Tate

    October 19, 2011

    I’m like you Dustin. I’m an activator which means that action and thinking are the same thing. I do. I act. I learn. But I believe there is a creator in all of us. God made us in his image and we ALL reflect a little bit of His creativness. I don’t disagree with the statement that we were created to create – but not all creativity is art and poetry. Creativity can take place in a “doer” or an “activator”.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      I really like what you said Ryan- creativity can look differently, and that’s okay. I appreciate the thoughts.

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      • Ryan Tate

        October 20, 2011

        Was thinking a little more…..when God created in Genesis 1 he took chaos and created order. We can create order out of chaos everyday. When you brush the tangles out of your daughters hair you are creating order out of chaos. When a professor teaches a principle to a student he is creating order out of chaos by giving the student insight into previously unknown knowledge. The unknown is always chaotic. So we can create in so many ways, being unique to ourselves, by creating order from chaos.

        Sorry if I just vomitted that all over you. Just had to share it.

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        • Dustin

          October 20, 2011

          Vomit away! (never thought i’d type out that comment here)

          I appreciate your thoughts.

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  • chris vonada

    October 19, 2011

    Never really thought of myself as a creative but definitely thrive “outside the box” if you will. As a blogger, I do find it very cool how ideas bounce around amongst “tribes” or groups of fellow bloggers, I see this happening all the time.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      yeah, that’s the cool thing about blogging – ideas spread and bounce all the time!

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  • Cindy Holman

    October 19, 2011

    Yes I am creative – at least in my own mind :) As a musician, I think I see things in a different way than most do and I embrace it – it makes me unique.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      Ahh yes, a musician…. :-)

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  • Jason

    October 19, 2011

    Definitely a creative. Just have to get people to move with me to make my ideas a reality.

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  • Jon

    October 19, 2011

    I don’t think I’m creative per se. Maybe, in some ways–when it comes to writing that I’m working on, but I’m veer more towards the other end.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      I think sometimes it involves embracing the things we love: I think you’re creative when it comes to music, movies, tv, etc. Definitely an influencer and certainly a subject matter expert :)

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  • Jon Stolpe

    October 19, 2011

    Can I create and be creative? I guess so. But I’m much more analytical. I plan things. I analyze things. I marvel at those who have creativity running through their veins.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      Two sides of the coin for sure – we’re on one side together :)

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  • jenn

    October 19, 2011

    I consider myself creative in the small things, kids crafts, scrapbooking, etc. but not when it comes to bigger things. I’m more of a planner I guess. My pastor once said that in every marriage there is usually an idea person and a “what if” person. I’m the “what if” person (not that I’m married anymore, but you get what I mean). I hear other people’s ideas and think, “That’s good, but what if this happens?” I think a “what if” person can be a good thing because you can look at possible problems and plan for them before they happen. But it can probably also be annoying to the idea people that just want to run with the idea and no plan. I try to keep my “what ifs” to myself unless someone asks for them. :)

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      What ifs are great. To be honest, at times we need people in our lives to serve as checks and balances – I think those types of questions help plan, understand a situation, and plan for the unexpected.

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  • Keri

    October 19, 2011

    I certainly consider myself creative in certain areas, but I don’t know that I fit the definition of a creative. Today, I’m grateful that God gave me a sense of humor-that I come from a family who likes to laugh, even at the little things. It makes life a little brighter when you can just LOL, especially when it’s not the most likely LOL moment.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      Yeah, hard to pin down a ‘definition’ with so many people claiming it nowadays… But, absolutely – humor and your God-given personality help! :)

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  • Rob Shepherd

    October 19, 2011

    Yes. I’d say that is one of my strengths. I stink though at getting things done. I’d rather problem solve, brainstorm, and come up with ideas then have to do the work.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      But…. brainstorming and ideation is “doing work” just as much!

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  • kristinherdy

    October 19, 2011

    I’m a big ole creative with a difficult time following through. I have tons of ideas swirling around and can see patterns or create patterns around those ideas, but you want me to the actual work of pulling them together? into a finished product? uh… i’ll need help, please.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      I’m here to help! lol :)

      But funny enough, sometimes I’ll have trouble following through at times as well!

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  • seekingpastor

    October 19, 2011

    I consider myself a creative. Sort of. Not in the traditional sense, though. The main thing is to bring glory to God.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      Something that’s defined and mapped out? Don’t think so. Agree with you – thanks for the comment.

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  • Ricky Anderson

    October 20, 2011

    I think everyone’s creative, it’s just the nuts and bolts of how we show it that’s different.

    I like to write, but I am completely and utterly inartistic.

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      excellent point- how do we define creativity? mainstream… or is it individually unique?

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  • Luther Wesley

    October 20, 2011

    Hey Dustin, know how to catch a rabbit? Unique up on it :)

    One question though, does lame jokes and sarcasm count as being creative?

    No, I am not the overly creative type: I love music but play no instruments, I have a little drawing talent but nothing major, and as for writing…well the jury is still out.

    I sort of touched on this topic this week also ( great minds think alike ) http://www.livingngrace.com/2011/10/the-great-jig-saw-puzzle/

    shameless plug there :)

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    • Dustin

      October 20, 2011

      Plug away! I like what you wrote: “Just as individual tiles are placed together to form vivid and beautiful mosaics, so are we in the panorama of life according to our God.”

      Keen wit and the ability to make someone laugh? Absolutely! :)

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  • tom

    October 24, 2011

    What confidence and esteem come with resting in this scripture and knowing we are supposed to be different. I just need to do my part with all He gives me…thanks Dustin!

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    • Dustin

      October 25, 2011

      This coming from the king of affirmation – you’re welcome, Tom :)

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