[serialposts]In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good…        

     – Genesis 1:1-4 NIV

Spider leg hairs.
The way sweat and skin pores cool an athlete’s body.
How a banana fits in my hand and powers the morning.
Bat radar.
Tsunamis and hurricanes and Hawaii.
Sperm meets egg.
Digestive tracts.
The plankton-to-whale connection.
My inner ear. Music, wax and all.
Art and Michelangelo.
Cat fur. (Purrs)
Source code.
Quantum physics.

God’s creativity shouts and whispers and smacks me upside the head when I give it my attention. Chapter one in the collaborative Creative Matters by Creative Collective is aptly titled Created to Create.

The chapter’s five authors speak to me, to you, and also to churches. They charge us (people and churches) with a challenge that if we settle for a copy/paste/compare/be safe mentality, we lack courage, insult the Creator, and ignore our calling. If comparison and imitation speak death to our creativity, then the converse is true: originality delivers life.

Relevance requires uniqueness. No, relevance demands uniqueness.

Here’s my personal takeaway from the authors: When God breathed and spoke, He created. His understated “Let there be light” danced life into chaos. And oh-my-goodness, holy cow, look what happened. And then there was light. Sun, moon, stars, constellations, galaxies, universes, an ever-expanding speed-of-light LIGHT.

And when He breathed, spoke, and created, He wrapped His words and creations into eternity so that now and always He still breathes, speaks, creates.

But wait.

I am created in His image. You are created in His image. I am filled with His Spirit. You are filled with His Spirit. I am invited to His table. You are invited to His table.

To achieve the potential He knit beforehand for us in our mother’s wombs, we too must create.

Let the church hear it: we are created to create. And it is good.

[creative matters] chapter one: created to create

by Leslie Rowe time to read: 2 min