“God gave humans a great gift: the ability to create–a godly ability. And we co-create with God during our lives on earth.”
I don’t know about you but this thought blew me away. I paused and sat for a while, thinking on it. I like to think my writing is co-written by God and it is definitely a creation. We create children but animals in Nature do this as well.
The above quote is from the introduction to a kids’ book called Creation by Gennady Spirin. I’ve come to be a big fan of Gennady Spirin. He illustrates classic fairy tales as well as a lot of re-tellings of Biblical Tales for children. As evidenced by the title, this book illustrates the Creation story in Genesis.
I was reading another kids book to my kids that I didn’t quite agree with (either the presentation or what the author was trying to convey which went way over my kids’ heads). The premise was trees, flowers, and rocks pray to God (which we all know they don’t literally) and I believe the author was trying to convey the fact since everything in Nature was created by God, in a way they are a prayer when we (humans) thank God for His awesomeness displayed everywhere. As I was trying to explain this high-level concept to my kids who were confused by the literal praying part, I realized the uniqueness of humans–created in God’s image–to think and literally pray to God and thank him. Animals and Nature cannot do this. I knew this in the back of my mind but it’s something my kids’ didn’t understand.
Both books combined led me to the conclusion–the major difference I see–which is animals create out of instinct. Only man creates purposefully–like God.
I love the concept we co-create. It gives me a new sense of purpose and drags me out of my sometimes mundane thought process. We are creating every day of our lives–a life, a home, raising children, in our work whatever it may be, influencing others, love, beauty, etc. There’s not a day that goes by we don’t create something. This can also be a creation in a bad way too–drama, hate, murder, abuse, discord, etc.
It just seems like we are called to more than just living. We are called to create. And when we are called to create, everything takes on a deeper meaning in our lives, have a higher purpose and reverence.
It’s an awesome responsibility when we create instead of just live. But this is something I wish to embrace whole-heartedly.
Living is easy. Creating is much harder.