My newest friend, Ernest, was born on a cold, snowy day a couple weeks ago. Keri and I rolled him into existence out of our own Sunday afternoon boredom. He is tall like his parents.
Perhaps God created us for a similar reason. While the Father, Son and Holy Spirit always shared a perfect fellowship of love and creativity, they still took great joy in fashioning human beings in their image and inviting us to join in their joyful dance of living, loving and creating for the glory of the Lord.
Did you know that we were made to share in God’s work of creation and caring for his world? How cool is that?! After creating the first human beings, God didn’t give them a list of commands, tell them to be good and go to church every Sunday! Not at all! God blessed them, saying: “Live it up! Create! Fill the Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth” (Gen 1:28). They were endowed with divine creativity and invited to join in the creational work of the Creator God.
Once this truth sinks in, we can start rethinking what being “spiritual” is all about. We discover that being truly spiritual means living in tune with God’s purpose for our lives. Looking back, I now realize that building, creating, fashioning that snowman out of that sticky white stuff God so generously showered from the sky was about the most spiritual thing Keri and I could have done that day. It was a divine activity!
So, how spiritual are you—really? In what ways are you living out your purpose of creating, shaping, restoring, growing, improving, and enjoying the beautiful gifts God has given you? If you’re an artist, are you drawing, painting and sculpting with all your being? If you’re an athlete, are you disciplining yourself, strengthening your body, and maximizing your God-given potential? If you’re an engineer, are you designing, building and producing with all of your might? Musicians, are you composing and singing, dancing and playing for the Lord, letting your song join the angels’ chorus in heaven? Go write a novel, learn a language, play an instrument, run a marathon, love your friends, laugh, cry, and tell jokes! Climb mountains, snowboard, ski, juggle, or fall in love. As Bible says:
“Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17).
So, next time the snow flies and you find yourself feeling bored, go do something truly spiritual: Go build a snowman!