On the “About” page of this blog, I wrote “I think God is infinitely creative.” Since typing that sentence, I’ve done a little research and found that the Bible talks about God creating something no less than fifty times. The very first words of the Bible are “In the beginning, God created…”(Gen 1:1) It’s mentioned half a dozen times in Psalms; Isaiah is ripe with “He created”s; the New Testament reminds us again and again that God created all things, and is in the process of re-creating it all. I’m not making this stuff up, guys. God is a creator.
Now, watch this: When God created man, how did he do it?
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:26-27)
Three times in two verses- the very first time man is even mentioned in scripture- it says we were created in God’s image. (Four times if you count “likeness.”) Now, do the math. God is creative + You were created in God’s image = __________.
So what are you doing with that? Are you a creator or just a consumer? It’s so easy to be the latter. The “information age” we live in has turned us all into “information gluttons.” We consume and consume until our eyes are red and our fingers ache from tapping a mouse or swiping a screen. If clicks were calories, Dateline NBC would be doing a special report on us.
I want to challenge you to change that. Don’t just consume- Create.
This weekend, we spent a few days at our family’s deer camp out in the woods. Liz’s cousin was there doing something ridiculous, but creative. I didn’t get to see the finished product, but her plan was to paint a large frame, somehow glue sticks and hooks on it, and use it to hang her jewelry. (I’m sure it turned out awesome, even though it sounds like something a crazy person or four year old would think of.)
Every painting you admire was done by an artist who took a brush and some colors and applied their mind and hands to the work of creation.
Every song you love was written and performed by people playing instruments, writing lyrics, turning ideas in something consumable.
Every blog post you read was written by someone. A human sat down at a computer, put together some words and thoughts and ideas, and created a short essay to be read by other people.
Every single one of us, regardless of ability or talent, has a spark of creativity inside. What we choose to do with it is what this post is about. You should cultivate it. You should fuel it and fan it until you can’t keep it contained. Don’t be satisfied with admiring other people’s work- create something admirable. Write a poem or short story. Write a song. Paint a picture. Draw a flower. Make a scrapbook. Glue some sticks to a picture frame. Grab a Pringles can and Kleenex box and make a ukulele.
You were made in the image of an infinitely creative God, so go be creative.