Ingenuity

DSC_6081Cleverness; creative problem solving; inventive skill or imagination

Foolproof systems don’t take into account the ingenuity of fools. Gene Brown

Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles. Bob Richards

There is no limit to the ingenuity of man if it is properly and vigorously applied under conditions of peace and justice. Winston Churchill

   We all have skills and abilities that we are hiding in our closets.  Our “ingenuity” may well be a quality that we are choosing to keep buried. Our unwillingness or reluctance to “use” it may be robbing us of wonderful and marvelous things that we could be using to help enrich our lives.

   The word, “ingenuity” is derived from the word, “genius”. If we really knew all that there is to know about the human brain, we may well find out that the brain’s capacity is so vast that we should be ashamed for how poorly utilized it is. A famous adage says that whatever the human mind can conceive and believe can be achieved. Philosophers and teachers tell us whatever we ask or expect of life is largely what we get. History is full of examples of how ingenuity was used to solve problems, create new things, build marvelous structures and perform the seemingly impossible. The pyramids, the Panama Canal, the Wrights Brother’s first flight, man landing on the moon, the Great Wall of China are but a  few of thousands of examples.

    If the truth were known, we may all be “geniuses” when it comes to our potential and capability. “Ingenuity” allows us to see and discover new things and find solutions to complex problems. It allows us to see beyond the clouds, to see over the next hill and see what is behind closed doors. It enables us to think “what if”. We can use our creative powers to do wondrous and marvelous things; think “outside the box”, to escape beyond boundaries and fences and “go where no man has gone before”. We would still be living in caves if it were not for ingenuity. 

    “Thank goodness” there has always been a few people who have used their ingenuity to advance mankind. All of us are capable of adding to the “collective creative genius”. Our brains are in our skulls to do so more than maintaining the status quo. If we had the ability to measure our true potential and were issued an analysis, it might read as follows; “You are virtually unlimited in your abilities and have the potential to do anything you can imagine and believe. Please be aware that you have these abilities! The sky is the limit.” The question is, “when do we so poorly in taking advantage of such abilities”?

Challenge: You are responsible for your life; who you are; what you are doing; and where you are as compared to where you could be. You have creative forces within waiting to be better utilized. Use your “genius” and “ingeniously” use your abilities. The things you think about; things you want to do; improvements you want to make; are in your mind for a reason. They are the seeds of the potential results waiting for you to bring forth.

Wisdom: Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. Gen. George S Patton

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of live and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Now Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

If God did not want us to use our creative powers, we would not have the highest status of all his created beings. We would not have “freedom of choice” and would be like all other animals and be “unaware”.  With all the abilities he has given us, comes the responsibility that goes along with it. We are expected to be good stewards and to make a difference with our lives. This means leaving the world a little better than the way we found it.

Prayer:   Help me to use this day wisely and help me to grow into what you created me to be.

 

 

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