“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10
This week’s video featured Jeremy Cowart, Celebrity Photographer; Entrepreneur; and Founder of The Purpose Hotel & Help Portrait, talking about the importance he places on looking for creative ways to serve those in need. You may not think of yourself as a creative person, but consider this: God – the Creator of the universe and all the diverse life, natural beauty and resources in it – created each and every one of us in His image (Genesis 1:27).
God told us from the very beginning to “… fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). He wants us to create cities, industries, art, commerce and so much more. The verse above encourages us that God blessed each of us with unique gifts and abilities in advance so that we can partner with Him in continuing His creative work in the world.
You don’t have to be an artist, writer or musician to be creative. All of us have the ability to think creatively by virtue of the fact that we were created in the image of God. To pursue excellence and honor God with our work, we need to seek Him and explore all of the ways He wants us to use the gifts we’ve been blessed with to bring our unique brand of creativity to our work.
Challenge yourself this week to think creatively about how you can use the gifts and skills God has given you in your work.
- Pray about a project you’re working on or a problem you are dealing with, and ask God for wisdom and creative ideas that will help you exceed expectations.
- Invite someone whose work you admire to join you for coffee to discuss what you’re working on and get their input.
- Look for books that can help you see your work in a new, innovative way.
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