Creativity is a gift of God. All children are creative because they are made in God’s image. In our efforts to teach children, we sometimes stifle creativity in favor of conformity. Creativity is the wonderful gift of thinking outside the lines. It is our creativity that allows us to develop the uniqueness implanted within each of us.
Dr. Howard Hendricks tells the story of a child who drew flowers with faces. The teacher said, “Johnny, flowers don’t have faces.” Johnny replied. “Mine do!” Johnny’s creativity is still alive, but if his teacher succeeds, his flowers will eventually look like everyone else’s flowers. To stifle creativity is to make children look like cookies rather than snowflakes.