During the economic crisis in the early 90s, when we had to cook with sawdust stoves and invent different things, we also had a shortage of supplies. However, as kids, we did not know. Mum would send us hunting for slightly ripe mangoes. She would cook vegetables, and when they were almost done, she would cut huge chunks of mangoes into them. She called it mango soup. We did not realize that the challenge was that “things were hard.” We would even keep begging her to make mango soup. Smiles! Her creativity paid off. We still speak of mango soup till date. 

One of the things that the Lord has blessed us with as men is creativity. Let situations and circumstances bring out your creativity. Do not shut down when things are tough. Never let it happen. Tough seasons produce strong men with creative minds. 

It was a pending crisis that threw Joseph into the limelight. A crisis is like a wave. It will bury some people while it will throw up some others. You may not know what waves will come, but you can ask the Lord for courage to ride the waves at the proper time. 

When Covid struck in 2020, some people gave in while some reinvented. A little online class we started to strengthen believers has become a full-blown training where believers are equipped for ministry today. The waves lifted us. 

Listen, beloved, one of the things you need to do to fan the emblem of creativity is worship. Worship keeps your mind open to God, our Father and creator. With an open mind, heaven can pour resources into your mind. You cannot be connected to the creator and not be creative. 

If you keep complaining during a crisis, your mind will shrink to the size of the situation, and all you will keep seeing and saying will be hardship and possibilities. 

Dear parents, you must be seed spotters and not seed killers. When you see a huge sign of creativity, fan it up to flames. Do not kill the seed in the generation because of the pains and hurt that you went through. Be that coach that wakes up the gifts of the Lord in them. Every child has a mission here on earth. Fear not! Blow it into flames. Be the Lois and the Eunice in their life. Raise them until their Pauls show up. When Paul shows up, be willing to let them go. 

If you are connected to the creator in a crisis, the testimony of men about you will be like that of Daniel:

There is a man in your kingdom whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.

Daniel 5:11 NKJV

Do you also have the Spirit of the Living God? 

You cannot shut down because the economy is hard. You have an advantage! 

You cannot give up on that business yet. You have an advantage! 

Stop washing your nets. Cast the nets one more time. Launch into the deep. Your “nevertheless” of obedience is about to become a harvest of testimonies. 

Do you believe? Stand up. Worship. Let the gift in you be stirred. Wake up possibilities. Let creativity flow! 

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