Designed to Create...
I remember from my earliest school days writing. Not sitting down at the school desk and completing assignments but WRITING. I would create my own books. I would take two pieces of construction paper and cut out a shape and then cut lined papers to match the shape and write within the pages of that book. They were adventure stories, with me of course, being the main character of my book. My heart's desire was to create...and maybe someday, to have my name on the outside binding of a book. Published.
Heading off to college that dream died quickly. No, I didn't head into my college years with the vision of becoming an author. I shot for an attainable goal, to become a teacher. I achieved that goal and went on to teach for several years (and loved it). But somehow, that love of writing, and the ability to communicate with written words didn't disappear. For you see, it wasn't just a crazy notion, it was how I was designed.
In His Image. In Genesis 1:26 God said, "Let us make man in our image..."
What does that mean? Does it mean I look just like him? No, but I was made to be like him, his nature, his character. Of course, that was all damaged in the fall, and man forever since has been trying to be god himself, rather than to reflect his Creator.
However we all have this innate desire to create, to build, to bring beauty...all because we are made to be like Him, our Creator
I see it in the hands of my boys and their creations...Lego's, first built to look like the picture on the box, and then taking on a new design to fit their dreams on that day. I see it in my little girls that love to draw and color. I see it in the fingers of my oldest, who has spent untold hours clicking away at the keyboard, on her way to be an author. (She has written several books and is hopefully on the way to get this one published!)
Over the years my writing has been mostly in journals and prayer letters. Occasionally I'll come up with a new idea and run with it, but at this season motherhood is in full swing. I have no doubt that God has given me a love to write for His purpose and glory. Someday maybe I'll write that book and be published...or maybe my love of writing will carried on into the next generation and I'll see my dream fulfilled in the lives of my children.
Of course I do have works in progress...and maybe once Courtney gets published, I'll be on the way too!