When we hear innovation. Our minds usually wander towards big tech companies and so on. We think of computers, inventions and the rest.
It recently dawned on me that innovation does not have to so far away. Our everyday lives could use some innovation too.
How do you understand innovation? There is a definition by the UK department of innovation and skills which resonates
Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideasUK department of innovation and skills
The overall aim is to improve efficiency.
Innovation is introducing something new, like an idea, method and device.Merriam- Webster Dictionary
The word ‘innovation’ is not in the Bible, however, the Bible is littered with examples of innovation and innovators. This lockdown period got me thinking about how I can be innovative in my home and my business.
I got a notebook to write out ideas as they come. From innovative ways to homeschool this period, innovative ways to evangelize, creating more family time to running my business.
Understand that innovation is not a modern concept. Here are some examples of innovation in the Bible:
1. God the creator. He created people in his own image (from dust). He created the earth. Genesis 1.
2. We see innovation in the shift from the old covenant to the new covenant. Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 9:15
3. We see a pattern of God constantly innovating the pattern through which he communicates with man. In the garden of Eden, He communed with man, later there came the era of judges, priests, kings, dreams, prophets. Right now we have the Bible and we can get to know God but studying diligently.
4. Noah’s ark. This must have been high level innovation in its time. Through this means, God preserved His own.
5. God’s decision to begin the nation of Israel through Abraham
6. We see Moses, Samson and even Gideon (among others) come up with various innovations in their time.
Here are a few questions to guide you as you figure this out:
1. Does your business/family life glorify God? In what ways have you honoured God?
2. How can you improve on this?
3. Identify areas where you went wrong in the past? how can you turn things around?
4. Pray. You need God’s direction. Just like he guided Moses, Gideon and Paul to accomplish their own tasks.
5. Faith. Faith is action! Faith helps you carry out whatever vision God gives you. I read somewhere that Faith honours God and God honours faith. Such a lovely perspective.
Christianity does not hinder creativity, we have the Holy Spirit who is an innovator. He was there in the beginning and abides with us today. God has given us talents and gifts, these are sacred! Use them to develop ideas that profit your family and business life.
God is always doing something new. Isaiah 43:19
Innovation is not an excuse for sin. Permitting things God does not permit is not innovation.
Be creative, let your creativity draw people to Christ, let the work of God be advanced through your creativity and overall let God be glorified.