Adversity to Creativity

Adversity to Creativity

16 January 2010

Today’s Reading: Genesis 39-41; Luke 16


“I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.” (Luke 16:9 MSG)

Jesus told a story about a crooked manager and then surprisingly praised the manager for using his head to get out of a jam. Jesus didn’t praise the dishonesty, he praised the creativity and determination to make the best of a bad situation. Then Jesus said:
• Be smart for what is right.
• Let adversity stimulate you to creativity.
• Concentrate your attention on the essentials.
• Live, really live!
• Don’t just get by on good behavior, make a difference.

Well that’s enough challenge to keep me busy today! This speaks to me about the difference between being religious and being spiritually alive, between being “good” and living in such a way as to make a difference.

I don’t just want to be good (as in not being bad), I want to be good (as in living a life that counts, that makes things better somehow for someone).

How about it? Will you join me in determining to convert adversity into creativity and in going beyond complacent “good behavior” to living a difference-making life?


Father, I’m going to think about these five things today: 1) Be smart for what is right, 2) Let adversity stimulate creativity, 3) Focus on the essentials, 4) Live – really live, and 5) Don’t just be good – make a difference! Please help me to make progress in each of these areas. Please help me to be different from today forward as I think about these things and apply them to my life. Please. Amen.

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