Headlines broadcast much about “consumer confidence.” I’m more concerned about “creative confidence,” and I believe that is the peril of our current economic woes. A world of “creators” would be much better than a world of “consumers.” Allow me to elaborate.
Talk about creative. Micah duct taped my compressor to a homemade air gun, and had a ball shooting pellets from the playground.
In our book Love in the House, we identify creativity as an “image of God trait.” We believe God wants us to respond to the pressures in life with creative ideas. Contrast that with consuming our way out of problems. The creative individual will be successful, healthy and strong. The consumer will likely be weathered and warn out.
There is a sharp contrast between the creative and the consumer. Consider:
- On poverty: The consumer believes poverty brings anxiety. The creative believes poverty brings opportunity.
- On purchases: The consumer seeks cheap. The creative seeks efficiency.
- On money: The consumer hoards it. The creative invests it.
- On investments: The consumer is afraid of it. The creative values return on it.
- On shopping. The consumer often feels ripped off. The creative feels good when paying a fair price.
- On spending: The consumer feels guilty. The creative enjoys the riches of life.
- On wealth: The consumer envies the rich. The creative believes everyone can be rich.
And here’s the kicker: Consumers always have financial problems. It doesn’t matter if they’re rich or poor. They consume; that’s who they are. So their consumption will never be enough to satisfy.
We know miserable wealthy people, and we don’t want that misery for our family. The creative always has financial freedom, and it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor.
The secret to wealth and prosperity has nothing to do with a finite amount of money. True economists know this. Prosperity has everything to do with human ingenuity. Human beings, their creative minds, their adaptability and utilization of the gifts God has dropped into their laps is what a life is built upon. This is building a heritage.
And this is what we have made: a life of brothers and sisters walking with God. This is the richest of lives, one that I wish for everyone. The world would be a fabulous place if everyone had a creative mentality.