Thankfulness: Creativity

Earlier this year I opened up an Etsy shop to sell paintings that I make in my spare time. I love this business because it allows people from master craftsman to weekend hobbyists the ability to share their creations with the world. Scrolling through the website and taking in all of the products handmade by people from all different walks of life is inspiring to me! Who would’ve thought so many people could take a finite number of resources and create such a variety of products?

I’ve always believed that we’re all creative, we each just have different way of expressing it. Some people are creative in decorating their houses or stringing sentences together or solving problems. You might not be a concert pianist or a painter rivaling the likes of Michelangelo, but that doesn’t mean you’re not creative.

God gave each person a spark of creativity because that’s a part of who he is. 

I love the story of creation. Take a moment to picture how this could’ve looked. How did light and earth and plants and animals and man come into being? Put yourself into the story and let your imagination run wild. I’ve used the Message translation for the added descriptive language.

First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.

God spoke: “Light!”
        And light appeared.
    God saw that light was good
        and separated light from dark.
    God named the light Day,
        he named the dark Night.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day One.

God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters;
        separate water from water!”
    God made sky.
    He separated the water under sky
        from the water above sky.
    And there it was:
        he named sky the Heavens;
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Two.

God spoke: “Separate!
        Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place;
    Land, appear!”
        And there it was.
    God named the land Earth.
        He named the pooled water Ocean.
    God saw that it was good.
God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
        of seed-bearing plants,
    Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
        And there it was.
    Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
        all varieties,
    And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
        God saw that it was good.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Three.

God spoke: “Lights! Come out!
        Shine in Heaven’s sky!
    Separate Day from Night.
        Mark seasons and days and years,
    Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.”
        And there it was.
God made two big lights, the larger
        to take charge of Day,
    The smaller to be in charge of Night;
        and he made the stars.
    God placed them in the heavenly sky
        to light up Earth
    And oversee Day and Night,
        to separate light and dark.
    God saw that it was good.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Four.

God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life!
        Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!”
    God created the huge whales,
        all the swarm of life in the waters,
    And every kind and species of flying birds.
        God saw that it was good.
    God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean!
        Birds, reproduce on Earth!”
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Five.

God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:
        cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.”
    And there it was:
        wild animals of every kind,
    Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.
        God saw that it was good.
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
        reflecting our nature
    So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
        the birds in the air, the cattle,
    And, yes, Earth itself,
        and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
    God created human beings;
        he created them godlike,
    Reflecting God’s nature.
        He created them male and female.

God is so creative! He made the plants and the animals, the stars and the moon, and made mankind in a beautiful crescendo of his love and creativity.

How do you express your creativity? It might look a little different than everyone else’s, but it’s still absolutely worth sharing with the world! When we flex our creativity muscle, we’re showing people a beautiful and important aspect of who God is. When we create or design or doodle or solve problems or make music or capture the beauty he created, that can be a form of worship. I believe that when we’re creative, God is honored.

Lord, you are so creative! You made the entire world. You dreamed up plants and animals and even us! Your imagination is breathtaking. Forgive us for not always stewarding our creativity well. Thank you for your grace toward us and the creative spark you’ve placed in all of us! Help us to use our creativity to honor you! We want to use our gifts and talents as a testimony to who you are. Amen!

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