Creativity has been part of the human race from the beginning. Consider the command that God gave Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 1:28 says, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Industriousness is part of this process. If humanity was going to rule over the animals and subdue the earth, there needed to be a plan. Although this was prior to the Fall, the fact of the matter is that there is a responsibility for humanity to make plans and get things done. Humans were meant to be the overseers and caretakers of this beautiful planet we all inhabit.
However, the specifics of how to get that done are not outlined in Scripture, so it seems to be the case that God wanted Adam and Eve to utilize their own faculties in this endeavor. They were supposed to create structures. We don’t have the type of Levitical framework where God specifically tells His people how to follow Him and how to accomplish certain tasks. Adam and Eve knew what they had to do, and they knew the target of their endeavors, but the means that they utilized to get to that position seems to have been largely left up to them.
Of course, this is consistent with the thesis I outlined Monday when I claimed that it seems to be the case that people are designed to be creative. If this is true, then it is not surprising at all that we see this type of intention right from the beginning of time. God is of course the Creator, but He gave humans the quality of creativity to use in this world that He has given us to have dominion over. Creativity is something that helps us in that process.
Is it any wonder then that we see entrepreneurs opening businesses all the time? We see artists crafting different masterpieces all the time. Should we be surprised that we see people always building new and beautiful structures? Even though these examples are from several different walks of life, the process of creation remains the same. The desire to make something holds true. Like I talked about on Monday, my friend and I decided to build a scale model baseball stadium because we wanted to put something together (even though it never ultimately came to completion).
My challenge then to all of you is to think about your life and whether or not you are creating something. It can even be something as simple as creating a schedule to organize your day. We all have the ability to create something, and since it seems to be the case that we are hardwired to do so, I think it would be to your benefit and my benefit to create something. When we are committed to doing things that are consistent with the way God designed human nature, I truly think we are going to flourish. When we utilize our God-given powers of creativity, I think that it will improve the way we feel.