Everyday Grace

Everyday Grace: Participating in God’s Creativity

Imagine trying to apply Jesus’ Golden Rule without creativity! He said, “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12). So… how do you figure out what that is? By using your imagination! By putting yourself in that other person’s space. By participating in God’s creative work. We are made in God’s image, and therefore we participate in his creativity. But some days it’s not easy to feel creative. How can you manifest it today?

Here are some ideas:

  1. Ask yourself, “What if?” Every time we worry or feel discouraged, there’s always a counter-suggestion our creative minds can make. What if there could be a better food pantry in your community? What if that tired wall in your bedroom could be freshened up with an image or reminder of God’s beautiful creation? “What if” is the first step toward making change—toward creating!
  2. See what’s out there. Yes, as G.K. Chesterton pointed out, the grass is green. But how extraordinary, when you think of it, that it should be green! What a creative, beautiful color! Look at the world afresh and it will inspire you.
  3. Know you’re already doing it. You imagine every time you make a plan, whether it’s what to cook for dinner or how to educate your grandchildren. As long as you’re engaging with your mind and visualizing outcomes, you’re being creative.

God is a creator, and we as children of God have a creative side. We have a desire to make something new and beautiful. God’s world rings with wonders and we all have a part to play in the overall symphony.

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