“You walk into a restaurant. Your job is to figure out how old the restaurant is but you are not allowed to ask any questions. What can you do?”
I ask this question when I am taking groups through the Creative Problem Solving process. I get all kinds of answers, things like; look at the décor, check out the architecture, or find the date stamped on the toilet.
One day when my daughter and her best friend were about nine years old, the three of us went out to lunch. We were sitting at a booth waiting for the server to come when Paige leaned way under the table. At first I thought she dropped something, but when she didn’t sit back up after several minutes I asked her,
“Paige, what are you doing under there?”
She answered, “I’m trying to see how much gum is stuck under this table.”
The mom in me shuddered, “You’re not touching it are you?”
“Nah, I’m counting it.”
“What in the world for?” Of course, my daughter, Lydia, was giggling through this whole conversation.
Paige said, “Because I want to see how old the restaurant is. This one’s pretty old. There’s lots of gum stuck under here.”
We laughed. But later that day I realized that Paige had come up with a neat idea. What a creative perspective!
All children are creative. We use our imaginations without effort until we are told to stop daydreaming. We make beautiful, innovative art without a thought of how it will be received until we are laughed at. We use and put together words in unusual ways till we learn the parts of speech and the structure of a sentence. And we dance with wild abandon till we wonder how we look to other people.
Jesus was full of joy when he spoke about children. When we are childlike it pleases Him. I think that a huge part of being childlike is being creative.