I love the feeling that comes when I sit down without a clue and something beautiful results. It is as though I have created with creativity given by the Creator. I was made in His image, He is the Creator of all, so it is only fitting that I would create something.
Not all of us write, some people create incredible pieces of visual art, some people create beautiful music, yet some people create incredible businesses that change the way we think, the way we live, the way we communicate.
The person who created the code behind this website is as much a creative as Leonardo da Vinci. They may not fancy themselves creative, but rather the antithesis to such because they are an engineer. I have the pleasure to lead a group of engineers, and although they tell me they are not creative, the way they develop macros in excel, or solve complex problems, is nothing short of fascinating.
It only makes sense right. We are created in God’s image. It is once I accept that I am created in His image as creator that I can accept that I am creative. It doesn’t matter what a personality profile tells you. It doesn’t matter that logic and not feelings dictates your reactions to the world around you or if you are an introvert or extrovert. What matters is accepting the fact that you were created by a creative God and you were created in His likeness.
So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27
Created in the image of God. Me. God’s image bearer. As His image bearer I need to be true to who God created me to be in all situations. It doesn’t matter if the industry I work in carries the stereotype of hard, unfeeling, process first, people second; I need to be me. A few years ago I took a personality test and when my boss saw the results he couldn’t believe it. I told him straight out, “When I am at work, I play a role.”
I’ve played a role so often that at times I forgot who I really was. Always trying to be everything to everyone. The realization that I am created in God’s image needs to be enough for me. Being an image bearer of God means that I need to use the gifts God has given me, but at the same time, be bold enough to realize that the gifts and call may be bigger than me or it may be incredibly simple. I think at times I over-complicate the term “calling.” It sounds like this enormous weight that I must bear. But my calling could be incredibly simple. Smiling, showing kindness, caring – these are all attributes of the Father and if I am to reflect the image of my Father then the calling is that simple.
Is it possible that there is a grandiose task that I am called to do? Absolutely. The key for me, however, is to not get lost in the grandiose scheme, and just do the simple. Out of the simple will come the larger, greater things.
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” - Steve Jobs