The Creative Instinct
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
Following some recent health problems, I was advised to try and walk on a regular basis around the neighbourhood where my wife and I live. We moved to this village about 18 months ago, so I have enjoyed getting to know the area. But what has struck me most as I have been walking, is the amount of work going on. The estate where we live is about 50 to 75 years old and, generally, most of the houses display different individual designs. What is surprising is the number of vans advertising kitchens, bathrooms, drives, patios, conservatories, decorators and garden improvements that I see in the drives or outside on the road. It is interesting that so many people have a creative instinct when it comes to their homes and gardens.
My wife and I have enjoyed improving our previous houses and now have a new challenge with the garden of our present home. Also, I find my wife has a creative instinct when it comes to ornaments, pictures and flowers—the details which make a house a home.
But should we be surprised that so many people have a creative instinct when the Bible tells us that we are made in the image of God? Because one aspect of God’s character is the he is the Creator and Sustainer of this world (Colossians 1:15-17).
In our own small way, whether we are Christians or not, our creative desire to improve our homes and gardens, or on a larger scale, a bigger project, is a reflection of God’s character in us. Of course, we can only do what our finances and budget allows us to do. Our creative instinct can be frustrated when our financial resources are limited, but it’s amazing what can be done even on a very small budget. That same creative desire can come out in starting and building a company, or changing a negative culture into a positive one within a business, or getting involved in campaigns to protect or improve the environment.
In walking between two and four miles a day, seeing all the creative activity at various homes within this area, I am reminded that we owe our existence and life to the one supreme creator, God. How blessed we are that God created us and a wonderful environment for us to live in, even though we often fail to respect it, thoughtlessly pollute it, or simply take it for granted.
Loving Creator God, thank you that you loved us so much that you created us and a perfect environment for us to live in. Forgive us when we don’t respect it and help us to develop our creativity in a way which is pleasing to you and reflects your character in us. In Jesus name we pray.
Study by Keith Hartrick
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
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