It is in me to create

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“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.” Exodus 31:3-5

It is in me to create. Imagine. God has taken up residence within me. He is the creator of this world and all that is in it … and He also lives in me. With that, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine that he’s given me the ability to create beautiful things meant to bring him glory and me, joy.

“Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.: John 14:23

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.” John 14:26

What defines beauty? In my mind, true beauty has intensity and soul. There’s a story behind the creation that defines the heart of the creator. Strength through adversity is beautiful When the Holy Spirit resurrects and transforms a broken life — that’s beautiful.

Each of us has a story to share … through pen or pencil, paint, wood or glass … through words or song.

To me, my mother-in-law was at her most beautiful when she was dying of cancer, with her fine wisps of hair and frail body but with an inner peace, dignity, strength and joy that could only come from God himself.

I watched her as she migrated through her last months of life, setting out to restore relationships and reconcile issues, using the little time she had left. She wanted to talk about important things. She would laugh and joke about her cancer and I could tell it really didn’t hold her hostage. Because she knew her Father and was secure in her relationship with him.

She would sing lots of old southern hillbilly songs but the one I most remember is, “I’ll fly away,” her fingers finding the right keys on her old piano. As she had done all her life — she had grabbed hold of the gift God had created in her and would just sing. Pure white beauty.

I believe He’s placed within all of us the ability to create beautiful things but I also know I mustGranada, Spain apprehend and work out those gifts. First I must believe I am creative, I must identify my abilities and then I must persevere and do what it takes to carry them out.

Through all of this I must guard against my own insecurities and other mad lies but, most of all, I must surrender the other things which hinder me the most — my agenda, my time, my technology, my laziness, my complacency and my apathy.

This year I’ve made it a priority to rediscover the creativity that God has put in me — a love of photography, glasswork, painting

I want to focus on this part of my life because I know it’s in me … creativity … it’s there because He’s in me.

“God saw Beauty in what he created.” Genesis 1:31

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