I have always loved the process of creation. Let me tell you a story.
When my best friend and I were in middle school, we decided that it would be a great idea to build our own scale model baseball stadium in my family’s garage (after it was evicted from under our living room couch because it got too big). Using tons of hot glue and cardboard, we began to construct what we thought would be an amazing project. Plugging in our space heater and turning up either the Newsboys or John Reuben on most days, we got to work. We built a Houston-style hill in centerfield and had a vision of covering the entire field with turf.
We never finished this project completely. Eventually, we didn’t have the time to get this to completion along with of course the practical consideration of what we were going to do with this masterpiece once it was fully built. However, the process of building was at least what got me excited. It was the idea of taking something that was in one of our minds and making it into a reality. There is a joy that comes from seeing a tangible product that was produced in your own mind.
As a trace back through my life, I can see this same impulse manifest itself in many ways. For example, part of the joy of this website is seeing the product of something I created. Of course I hope that other people benefit from my work as well, but part of it is very satisfying to me personally. I like to do something and see it turn out.
My educational career has been similar. At its root, I like to learn because I like to see the increase in my own mind. I like to gain knowledge and see what changes that can make. Again, it is the increase that brings about the excitement. It is the process of exploration and gain that makes it enjoyable to learn. New knowledge is being “created” if you will in my mind, and I am excited that it had been put there by other people.
This impulse has also come into my mind lately in probably one of the most exciting ways it ever has, but I’m not going to tell you all about it yet. All I’m going to say is that this project has let me enjoy this process of creation and perhaps the most tangible way I ever have. It is allowing me to experience what is sometimes missing from my day-to-day life.
I live a pretty routine life, and I am perfectly okay with that. Building in some type of creative excitement has been a great pick me up. It has brought me to a place where I am so excited to make this project public, and while we’re not quite there yet, I want to spend the rest of this week talking about creation and human desire. I don’t think I am the only one who likes to see a project come to fruition, and I think that we were intentionally designed that way to encourage human flourishing.