Creativity is Closer Than You Think!

color-91059_640A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking and juggling at “Junior Jam” at Cedarville University. There were about 1,000 elementary-aged kids and all of their adult chaperones. It was a lot of fun. But one of my favorite parts was teaching a workshop to the adults about creativity. We started with Scripture: how God created everything and how we are made in His image (Genesis 1). That means that we are creative too! Our creativity is built into our very nature and is meant to be a way to reflect God’s glory back to Him.

So we broke up into groups and everybody worked on something creative (it could be anything: a poem, a sculpture, a drawing, a song, a skit, etc.). We then held an adult “show and tell” time where we shared our creations with one another. It was very encouraging and we were reminded that creativity is right there inside all of us – a gift from God.

Here is a poem from one of the participants (with her permission, of course):


by Leanne Kniffen

The day dawned early – 5 A.M.

We loaded the cars for Junior Jam

“It’s for the kids to become wise”

But lo and behold to our surprise –

We learned

Through ‘Jesse the Juggler’s’ creative tricks

And Heartsong blessing us with their lips

The message of Christ came to us all

In different forms, down different halls

It’s not just for the kids we began to see

God’s creativity lives in me.

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Dr. Jesse Joyner travels nationwide as a speaker and entertainer. His primary role is that of a performing juggler spreading joy and the love of learning to family and kids events. H earned his PhD in Educational Studies at Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL). He enjoys playing the piano, bird watching, and old houses. He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Sarah, and their three kids - the perfect number for juggling children.