7 Things That Stifle Creativity

7 things that stifle creativity


1. Sin

Willful sinning and the guilt that accompanies it will separate you from your Creator, thus keeping you from the source of your creativity. Confess. Receive forgiveness. Go and sin no more.

2. Worry

Worry is a choker. When the mind is filled with tension and care, there is no room for creative thoughts and certainly no energy to act on them. Pray and turn it all over to God.

3. Fatigue

I actually find that I tend to more creative when I’m a little tired, but when all out exhaustion hits, I lose all creative ability. Tired bodies with tired minds simply don’t think well. If you’re tired, rest. You’ll be much more effective after a nap or a night of good sleep.

4. Busyness

Who has room for creative expression when you can’t find a moment to breathe? Leave some white space in your life.

5. Too many choices

Choice can be a good thing, but too many choices can be completely overwhelming. Simplicity and focus are the anecdote to this one.

6. Comparison

Rather than spur you on, comparison can actually shut you down. Being yourself and not trying to be someone else is a creativity booster.

7. A boring life

Did you know that having all the time in the world can suffocate creativity? I’ve found that creativity flourishes best in a fully-lived life populated with people.

Writing Therapy Prompt: What zaps your creativity? Really think about what personally affects you most rather than offering a generic answer. Keep writing until you hit upon some solutions to the thing that is most likely to stifle your creativity.


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It’s Not about Us

a cross against a cloudy sky with sun peeking through behind it

It’s not about who I am or who you are.

It’s about who Jesus is.

If you don’t read any further in this post, that’s the point.

“He must become greater; I must become less.”  John 3:30 (NIV)

The other day I was reading through my Facebook feed when I noticed a particular post by a young person who was proclaiming who she was- her heritage, her race- in such a way as to take a stand for something.

Her post bothered me.

Maybe because I see so many others just like it.

It wasn’t the fact that she was proud of who she was and where she came from. It wasn’t even necessarily that she was taking a stand for something.

It was the tone of the message.

It was divisive, as if she wanted to pick a fight with someone.

The post was all about her. A selfie message, if you will.

It’s a message I think Christians, myself included, give too much credence.

We focus far too much on who we are, what we believe, which side of the political aisle we sit on, our own agendas.

And in so doing we become the distraction, the thing that takes the other person’s eyes off of Jesus.

Instead, they focus on us.

Little frail us who can’t save them from their sins, who can’t hear their cries, who can’t know their sorrow.

Maybe it’s time to stop talking about us.

In the grand scheme is it really so important whether we’re black or white? Democrat or Republican? Anti something or pro something? Wealthy or poor? Educated or not? Male or female? Young or old? Married or single?

We can point out our differences and promote self all day long and it won’t help this world get any better.

It’s only when we point to Jesus that people are helped.

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:3 (King James)

It’s just not about us.

It’s all about Him.

Maybe it’s time we all started acting like it.

Writing Therapy Prompt: All of us are guilty of focusing on ourselves from time to time. Think of a time when you realized you were distracting from the Lord by drawing attention to yourself. What brought you to this realization? How did you respond?

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