My wife is an insatiable reader. She outright devours novels, oftentimes tearing through a juicy mystery not in days but in hours. She loves spy stories, historical fiction, intrigue, and mysteries. The more thoughtful and complex, the better. I’ve never seen anyone read as much, as often, as deeply, or as quickly as my wife—and I’m the professional writer in the family!
Watching her fall deeply into a tight, intelligent web of intrigue is fascinating. Sometimes it’s as though she’s taking a guided tour through another world, like the author is taking her by the hand and showing her every nook and cranny of his strange-but-familiar universe. And who better to offer such a tour than the man who literally created it?
Great authors are creators in every sense of the word. They build worlds, breathe life into new characters, reveal themselves through events, and preside over every detail of the universe they create. But they don’t do it through divine power; they do it through their words. And, in doing so, they reflect the creative genius of God.
What’s the very first thing we know God did? Genesis 1:1 proclaims, “In the beginning, God created” (NIV). Before He walked with Adam in the garden or parted the Red Sea or appeared to the apostles at Pentecost, God created. It is the first description of the Almighty. There are many answers to the question, “Who is God?” but the first answer, both in history and in Scripture, is that God is Creator.
A few verses further down in Genesis, God creates His masterpiece: us. And He didn’t just throw some spare parts together; He meticulously crafted us and modeled us after the most precious thing He knew: Himself. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (NIV).
What does it mean to be created in the “image of God”? Does it mean humans are God? Heavens no! But it clearly means that humans are like God; we possess a shadow of His likeness. So, if God is first and foremost a Creator, and if we’re made in His image, that means we’re little creators, too!
When we write a book, draw a picture, sing a song, perfect a recipe, craft a piece of furniture, or participate in any one of a million different creative expressions, we’re not just enjoying a hobby—we’re celebrating our God-likeness. The Creator of the world put His creative spark inside of each of us. That means we get to create little moments of joy and light in the world around us in His name and in His power. So don’t hold back. Dive into this great canvas of life and create something beautiful!
Read more about creativity in the current issue of In Touch Magazine.