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A Few Thoughts About Creation Speaks

Lately, I’ve wanted to share the vision and purpose of Creation Speaks and a few other ideas, all of which I hope will be useful to you.

Creation Is Talking

First, creation itself speaks about the glory of God. The scripture says, “the heavens are telling of the glory of God.” I think my understanding of this only touches a small fraction of the passage’s fullness. Still, at the surface, creation speaks of the glory, majesty, power, creativity and beauty of God.

Your Life Is Talking

The next idea behind the name Creation Speaks is that we are the workmanship of God. Paul writes in Ephesians that we are His workmanship and created for good works.

Over the years, God has been teaching me how involved He is in my everyday life. He’s working in your daily life as well, and I hope to encourage you in that. I don’t think we always see it, some days can be downright hard, but every so often, there are moments when you recognize and almost see the hand of God working. Those are special moments and very needed at times. Paul said it right when he said, “In Him we live and move and have our being.” In Philippians, Paul writes, “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

Made In The Image To Create

The next thought about Creation Speaks is that you and I were created in the image of God. I would suppose a lot can be said on this topic, but one small piece of that is that we were made with a desire and ability to create something. We don’t create something out of nothing as God did. Still, He has given us the incredible passion and ability to rearrange the molecules He made and arrange them for something good. I realize that not all things a man creates are good, but I think we choose what we do with our creating ability.

You have been packaged with the God-given ability to bring order, beauty, and hope into the world. You can use those skills to make something extraordinary. I hope this site inspires you to put something out there that God has placed in your heart.

The Goods You Make

That leads me to the final idea, the output of the goods we create. I think we all agree we are inspired by true craftsmanship. Good quality, handmade products have a special place in this world. On this site, I may showcase some of those products I have discovered and encourage you to work hard to create something beautiful.

Woodworking, journals, good coffee and pottery all have a special place in my heart. I wouldn’t mind sharing some of my favorite things.

A Few Additional Thoughts On The Work Of Your Hands

I recently bought a book by Austin Kleon called Show Your Work (p.s. I made this an affiliate link. This will help support the site). I was inspired to purchase it after Alastair Humphreys shared a link to the article How I Put My Newsletters Together by Austin. By trade, I’m a digital marketer (build websites, do email marketing, optimize websites, etc.), so this article caught my attention. Well, long story short, I bought his book.

Show Your Work
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

The first idea which hooked me was not to share what you think people want to see but what you find interesting and what you feel may help someone else. I’m putting that into practice here.

In this book, Austin writes, “The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn, and make a commitment to learning it in front of others.” I want to learn. You?

I love writing, so I write and put my work out, and we share together, and in time I hope the end result will improve. Through it all, maybe you’ll read a word or two that imparts some encouragement in your journey.

I have so much more to say, but I’ll save that for another day. Let’s go make something and put it out there. Let’s experience more peace in our life, knowing God is with us and at work in us. Let’s use the gifts He imparted to us to do something good in the communities and spaces we find ourselves.

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