“God saw everything that was made, and indeed, it was very good.”

Genesis 1:31


Contemplation Notes for Using this Devotional:

  • This passage is part of the sixth day in the biblical creation story, when God assesses all details and declares them exceptionally good.
  • While “very good” can be a subjective term, the scriptural meaning denotes a highly positive, extremely distinguished purpose, nature, and condition. In declaring everything to be very good, God bestows the original, divine blessing on us and the entire universe.  So, this passage specifically reminds us that we are worthy and deserving by birth, created by God as whole and holy, not broken and depraved.
  • The creation story is symbolic of our unfolding spiritual growth. Rev Karl Kopp teaches: “A truth known to all religions is that we become [what] we contemplate, or what we strongly envision.  You and I are God’s contemplation . . . made in the image and the likeness of God.  . . .  God contemplates Itself in and as Creation.”  Therefore, Rev Kopp says, we share a creative nature “with our Creator.”
  • This means that each of us is creative, because we’re all one with God. Furthermore, each of us can live creatively, however we may define creativity for ourselves.  And although we won’t all sing like Beyoncé or win a Booker Prize for our writing, we can activate and cultivate our creativity by:
    • meditating and visualizing possible designs and outcomes.
    • brainstorming specific ideas and possibilities.
    • being in nature.
    • engaging with different types of people.
    • exploring different cultures, whether in person or virtually.
    • noticing connections and synchronicity.
    • being willing to practice and do the work.
    • allowing room for mistakes and do-overs.
  • Our unique creative process is sparked by divine ideas, the intuitive inspiration available to everyone. So, creativity is a discovery process that offers thousands of “a-ha moments,” revealing what we’re capable of doing, as we learn about ourselves.  But if we ignore our creative insights or allow others to diminish our creative spirit, we actually block our spiritual growth.
  • Demonstration is your evidence of how well your life works. You demonstrate your creativity in the distinct ways you shape and form your divine ideas.  However you express your individuality, whether you build tiny houses, bake chocolate cupcakes, decorate your home, tend your garden, or dress in the latest fashions, for example, you’re sharing your personal creativity and the essence of God you’re created to be in the world.

Contemplation Questions:

As you reflect on your life and circumstances, ask yourself:

  • In what ways have I expressed my creativity in the past?
    • List, word map, or illustrate the ways.
  • In what ways have I allowed my creative spirit to be diminished?
    • List, word map, or illustrate the ways.
  • What are my latest divine ideas?
    • List, word map, or illustrate all of them, for as many different projects as you like.
  • In what creative ways am I already expressing these divine ideas?
    • List, word map, or illustrate the ways.
  • What are at least three (3) ways I can continue nurturing my creativity?
    • List, word map, or illustrate as much as you imagine.

Use this devotional anytime you want to honor and invigorate your creativity.  Follow your own time schedule and avoid seeking advice about what process you “should” use.  Trust your intuition and imagination to guide you, knowing that taking baby steps often works better than forcing and rushing. Also, remember that God, with you and within you, is your creative link to the creative abundance of the universe.  So, honor your pace and celebrate your style, as you let your creativity flow.

© 2023 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks – All rights reserved.

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