Calling all students, Moms, plumbers and teachers!

Be honest, student, when was the last time you started an essay thinking, “How can I create like my Creator?”

And stressed-out Mom, when you did the kitchen makeover, did you once think, “I’m creating like my Creator”?

My muddy plumber friend, have you ever seen your daily work as a replay of Genesis 1, bringing light out of darkness, order out of disorder?

Inspiring teacher, do you know that you are creating like your Creator by spicing up your world history lessons with videos and group activities?

No, I didn’t think so. Creativity and innovation is for science labs, artists’ easels, and designers’ studios isn’t it? It’s got nothing to do with learning, organizing, draining, or teaching does it? It’s for Steve Jobs, Salvador Dali, and Coco Chanel, not students, Moms, plumbers and teachers isn’t it? It’s for the extraordinary; not us ordinary people, right?

Extraordinary calling for ordinary people
Wrong. No matter how ordinary we are, we all have an extraordinary calling to be creators. Our Creator created us like Him, and called us to create like Him in everyday life.

Every word we speak, every decision we make, every service we offer, and even every customer complaint presents us with a choice: create, status quo, or destroy? Make, maintain, or mutilate?

Just think about the next conversation you have. Each sentence is your creation. You decide whether to create it and how. Will it build up, destroy, or do nothing. Will it be positive or negative? Long or short? Loud or quiet? Angry or kind? Factual or figurative? The creative possibilities are endless.

Saucers, staplers, and screwdrivers
Even problems are creative opportunities, because every problem is overcome by creating a solution. Every item in your kitchen drawer, office cupboard, or tool box is the result of creative problem solving, usually by unknown ordinary people going about their ordinary everyday lives.

And yet we don’t often think like this do we?

And the main reason is we don’t know Genesis 1-2 well enough and the patterns it lays down for our everyday lives. I was struck by my own ignorance of this when I started reading secular books on creativity and began seeing how many of them unknowingly paralleled the creation account in Genesis 1-2. As the authors laid out their techniques and methods of creativity, I kept thinking, “That’s what God did. That’s what God’s like.”

When I went back and re-read Genesis 1-2, I began to see principles and practices of creativity that I had completely overlooked. When God created everything, He laid down patterns for His image-bearing creators living and working in His creation: planning, imagination, teamwork, initiative, action, organization, routine, focus, beauty, happiness, optimism, satisfaction, rest, and so on.

First question
That means the first question we need to ask in the morning is not “What will I do?” but “Who am I?” Or, even more accurately, “Whose am I?”

When we see ourselves, and help our children to see, that we are God’s creatures, made in His image to create like Him, we not only know who we are, we will also know what we should do, how we should do it, and why we are doing it.

All Christians believe in the truth of a Creator and do creative things. But we need to bring that truth and these practices together and to the front of our Christian minds. When we see our calling is to create like our Creator, we exalt Him in everything and also invest every activity with new significance, meaning, and even worship.

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A Legacy Worth Leaving
Identified very much with this testimony from Joyce Dalrymple and the role of James Dobson’s “Strong Willed Child” resources.

“Follow your passion”
“Follow your passion” is an inspiring slogan, but its reign as the cornerstone of modern American career advice needs to end.

Mother who aborted her baby at 39 weeks sent to prison
Mr Justice Cooke said: “What you have done is rob an apparently healthy child, vulnerable and defenceless, of the life which he was about to commence.”

The Simple Power of One a Day
“There are at least 200 working days a year. If you commit to doing a simple marketing item just once each day, at the end of the year you’ve built a mountain.” Substitute “spiritual” for “marketing” and start making some spiritual mountains out of molehills.

Shepherding a bored mother’s heart
Four reasons why some mothers struggle with boredom

The Gospel for Sudden and Tragic Loss

Six Audiences

Every organization chooses its own audience…But don’t doubt that it changes everything you do (Seth Godin).

I’ve suggested six church parallels for the six audience choices described by Godin:

  • The sales force = The pastors
  • The stock market = The major donors
  • Potential new customers = The unevangelized
  • Existing customers = Church members
  • Employees = Church staff
  • The regulators = Elders, Presbytery, Denomination, etc.

Who is your audience? Who is your church focused on? Is there Someone missing here?

Godin: “You get what you focus on.”

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If you knew how much I love you
Sharon Miller dives deep into God’s love through her experience of motherhood.

The Christian Celebrity
Candid, honest, transparent, sincere, humble…Why we love Tim Challies.

Why Books are the Ultimate New Business Card
“You don’t understand,” the three-time, big-six published author told me. “Books aren’t designed for you, the customer. Today, non-fiction books are business cards–for speaking, consulting, and deals.” I hope this isn’t true in Christian publishing.

Things I’ve quit doing at my desk
“We need to think of our desks as workstations. In reality, we do all sorts of things at our desks that aren’t real work (or affect our ability to produce our best work).” You could also try flowers!

Leaders take responsibility
I know virtually nothing about American football, but Bob Kellemen draws some leadership lessons from two recent games.

American Men Don’t Sing
Marc Cortez: “In other cultures, especially in the UK, singing is a normal part of life. Men sing at football matches and in the pubs. So when they enter the church, singing is normal. But in America, it’s different.”

Tweets of the Day

Connected Kingdom: The Gospel Project

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On this week’s podcast, we’re joined by Trevin Wax, who’s packed a lot into his relatively short life: missionary to Romania (where he also met his wife), Southern Baptist associate pastor, Gospel Coalition blogger, and now Managing Editor ofThe Gospel Project. We take a quick run through Trevin’s bio before settling down to talk about the exciting work he’s been doing in preparing Gospel-centered curriculum for the whole church. We asked Trevin to “sell us” on the package and he did a pretty good job. He also answered some of the criticisms that a project of this nature inevitably attracts.

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