Friday, April 30, 2010
The joy of creating
"Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."
Sometimes all we need to do to find peace is to go back to that one activity we have loved to do from an early age. You know what it is.....the one that makes you smile without even realizing it, the one that makes you forget everything else, the one where you find yourself whistling or humming along with it.
It could be re-painting a fence, digging in the garden, puttering in the shop, baking cookies....But this simple thing, when lifted up to God can become an act of worship, consecrated, blessed. Then when we do it for someone else He smiles because He knows we have found the secret.
It is healing, it is cleansing, it is good for the soul. It is the joy of simple work.
When we create, God joins in. He can't help it, it is part of His character and ours and it is how the whole world started! My act of worship today will be chocolate chip cookies.....I will send them with a prayer and a smile, knowing a bit of God's love goes along with them.
What act of creation brings you joy today?