Every Day You Wake Up You Change The World

Dakota McGrath – Student Worship Director

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”

The Bible opens up with this narrative of God creating.

Birds.

Trees.

Air.

Grass.

Water.

A world pulsing with life and beauty.

Ever growing and full of uncreated potential.

And as all of this is going on God decides to create something else. Something unique and unlike anything before it. The writer goes on to tell us that God creates a man and woman and gives them the names Adam, meaning “the human”, and Eve, meaning “mother of the living”. As Adam and Eve find themselves in this divine, complex and endlessly becoming world, they are told to do something with this world, with their lives.

They were created to create.

It’s a narrative about them, but it asks questions about all of humanity.

We were created to create.

What are we going to do in the ongoing creation of the world?

Where will we take it?

What will we do with the creative power we have been given?

What will we make of our lives?

We have all been given an incredible opportunity, a gift, called life, and now it’s up to us to create the ways in which we are going to participate in the world.

While we were dating, my wife gave me a clay sculpture of a golden retriever. I still have it and think of it almost daily. When she gave it to me, I remember being so amazed at her dedication and the articulation of her craft. How can you start with nothing but a damp ball of dirt and minerals and turn it into something that has meaning and beauty for others? This once ball of soil, now made into this incredible reminder that someone cared for me and that creation is supposed to benefit those around it.

Later on I realized that my wife was living proof that whether you work as an artist, a musician, a plumber, an athlete, or a tax agent, you are creative; because all work, in some way, is creative work, because that work is participating in the ongoing creation of this world.

One of my favorite song writers and authors, Jon Foreman, once said that “Every day of your life, you change the world. You change it whether you like it or not. You wake up and you talk to the grocer. You either kick your dog or you pet him. There’s a million decisions you have every day where you change the world.” We all have a purpose to get up in the morning and participate in building our world. You change the world, whether you know it or not. You have been given this gift and opportunity to participate in this ongoing creation, for us, for our children and those that come one day after us. Now let’s ask ourselves these questions the writer of Genesis has given us again.

What will we do with the creative power we have been given?

What will we make of our lives?

What kind of world are we going to create?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Day You Wake Up You Change The World

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