“In the beginning, God created.”
The Mind of the Maker – Week 1 (Chapters 1 & 2)
I had the great privilege of hearing and meeting Makoto Fujimura this week. He spoke words of hope, vision, and beauty that drifted through the auditorium like dandelion parachutes dispersing in the wind. The many seeds of thought deposited in my soul are just beginning to germinate, but I’d like to share with you one in particular.
For a bit of background, carve out a few minutes to watch the recent graduation address he delivered at Biola University. It will be time well invested.
“Looking at man, he (author of Genesis) sees in him something essentially divine, but when we turn back to see what he says about the original upon which the “image” of God was modeled, we find only the single assertion, ‘God created.’ The characteristic common to God and man is apparently that: the desire and ability to make things.” p. xvi
We’re innately creative, because we are made in the image of a creative God. Most of us would conceptually agree with that statement as it relates to humankind, yet we struggle to see how that truth applies to us individually in our everyday lives. Perhaps this will help:
“He made the world out of nothing, but we cannot ourselves make anything out of nothing. We can only rearrange the unalterable and indestructible units of matter in the universe and build them up into new forms . . . The components of the material world are fixed; those of the world of imagination increase by a continuous and irreversible process without any destruction or rearrangement of what went before. This represents the nearest approach we experience to ‘creation out of nothing’.” (p.22,29)
We create everyday.
In the material world, we create by rearranging matter.
We create when we plant a garden.
We create when we make a meal.
We create when we design a spreadsheet.
In the world of imagination, we create through daring to hope.
We create when we dream of our children’s future.
We create when we map strategy for our business.
We create when we reach out to those who are different, alone, or in need.
My husband, the banker, creates when he pulls together financial information from a company, analyzes trends, and foresees possible threats or opportunities. He collaborates with others, gleaning insight and developing consensus. As a result, he creates opinions. Those opinions can result in corporate creation – both tangible and intellectual.
We create everyday. It’s in our DNA. We’ve inherited the ability (and drive) to create just as we’ve inherited our eye color and body type. When we create, we experience pleasure. We experience joy. We experience our humanity. We experience a faint whiff of the fragrance from the Garden.
Don’t miss it. Take the time to consider.
In your everyday, how do you create?
In the material world?
In the world of imagination?
Thoughts from week 2 found here
Thoughts from week 3 found here
Thoughts from week 4 found here
Thoughts from week 5 found here
Thoughts from week 6 found here