Pastor's Corner: What are you making?
I love watching what my son brings home from preschool. Every day it seems they do some project and he creates something new. Unfortunately, I don't always recognize what it is. After many failed guesses and the frustration that causes to him, I've learned to ask "Tell me about what you made". That way he isn't upset that his work is unrecognizable. And he sees how interested I am in him and his creation.
Creation is a natural part of our human design. We are created by a Creator to be in his image, so naturally we are going to be creators ourselves. Everyone creates. Some build with wood, metal and glass. Others create with paint, pencil or ink. The mediums we use may vary but we all create. When you work you create something. You are productive. In fact most of us feel frustrated if our job ends up seeming unproductive. Doing the same old thing action with no results feels empty after a while.
Last year I was talking with a lovely woman in her upper 80s. She shared her very same empty feeling with me. She told me she wasn't feeling very "useful". She echoed the common questions: "Why am I here?", "What good am I?" "What's the purpose of my life?" She has become the product of our product driven society. She wasn't making anything, doing any work that showed concrete results she could lay her hands on.
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt as if you were useless and worthless in other people's eyes because you weren't doing amazing works, or creating impressive products?
Unfortunately in our civilized society, we think that things are the most important factor in defining a life. You hear it in the voice of older men who are less 'productive' than they used to be at the height of their power. You hear it in the voice of the stay home mom who is only doing laundry, and changing diapers. But before God gave humans the role of tending the garden and 'working' he gave them another job.
And God blessed them, and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the skies and every living thing that moves on the land." Genesis 1:28
Being Fruitful and Multiplying was our first task. We are to make family, not just babies, but strong vital living families that can grow and take care of God's creation. Relationships were first in God's mind before products. God wants you to reproduce the best of you in your children, whether they are physical children or spiritual children. Jesus calls that "making a disciple". And relationships take LOVE over everything else to live, grow and blossom. So I told that 80+ year old friend that you can always love! And that make you very productive in God's eyes. Create some godly love today! Share your heart and the best of yourself with someone else.
But the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5