Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Value of Using What You've Got

I have been thinking about creativity lately. A spark has been reignited in me with Orange Bird and Craft Weekend that was dormant for a while. It wasn't dormant because I didn't want to be creative. It was just that I had four children in an 8 year period and trust me, when you are busy changing diapers for 10 years straight, you can easily get sucked into the "need meeting vortex" and forget that, that part of you ever existed. I mean, let's face it...if Doc comes home after a hard day's work and finds no dinner and the house looking like a bomb went off, I promise that he is going to be less than excited about my creations. However, I am realizing that I will ALWAYS have more on my to do list. Sometimes you have to put that list aside and take a little time to enjoy life and express yourself.

I've also realized that there is value in creating beauty. I mean, when you think about it, who is the Creator? How did he come up with butterfly wings and fog settling in valleys? Fall leaves and sunsets? God is the ultimate creator and so, who am I to say that there isn't as much value in the ability to create beautiful things as there is in doing other, more practical things? What a gift to me that God gave me the ability and the desire to make things! I believe that God is able to do all things perfectly. I think if the Lord walked into a room of instruments, He could pick up any one of them and make the most beautiful music. I think that He could whip up a perfect meal with food combinations and cooking techniques that we haven't even thought of yet. He could paint the most realistic landscape, having already made the original inspiration. All those creative things and more perfectly. I also think that He could balance a checkbook (without any pesky cents left over), figure out why the car is making that noise or create a medicine in a lab that would cure any disease. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him and I would venture a statement that every good and perfect gift is OF Him. It is a manifestation of one of His traits in us. We are, after all, created in His image. So, thinking about all of that, I am pretty sure that He doesn't want me to discount the abilities with which He created me.

I was reading in Exodus, a while back, about God giving instructions to Moses on how to build His tabernacle. In chapter 31:1-11 it says..

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills  to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.  Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:  the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent—  the tableand its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand—  and also the woven garments , both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”

God literally gifted the Spirit of God to Bazalel and Ohaliab in order that they might have the skills and knowledge to make all the things that He (God) had envisioned for His place of dwelling on earth.

When I read that, it almost took my breath away. Can you imagine being chosen to oversee the building of God's vision for His dwelling place?? Whoa. And not only that, those men had skills. Mad creating skills. Gifted and honored by name in the word of God.  Now, I'm not saying that I will sew for Jesus. I don't think He's in the market for aprons or headbands, but I can still sew for Jesus...I can use the talent that He has blessed me with (and so can you) to serve Him. Do whatever you CAN do. Cook well? Make someone dinner who is having a rough time. Have an eye for fashion? Help a friend who could use a boost pick out some new clothes. Read well? Volunteer to help a kid who is struggling or an elderly person who can no longer see to read the words. Do you have ears that hear? Be a compassionate listener.

My point is this... God made you and me, each with our own gifts of the Spirit of that are to be used to represent Him to others in this world. What trait did He gift you with that you can use to show the love of Jesus to others in a tangible way?


Unknown said...

Today during school we talked about how we are made in the image of God...and one of the ways we are made in His image it to be creative..."in the beginning God created" I love how you reflect Him!

Grammy said...

Amen! Amen! and Amen!!

W and J said...


SUCH an encouragement!!!

Now can you please come over for coffee so i can give you a BIG hug too?!?!

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