Work At It With All Your Heart: 31 Days of Selah

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23-24

I know many creative people. Whether their work requires a brush and oil paintings, a needle and thread or pen and paper, creative people hold in their hands tools of worship.

Because we are created by God, I believe all creativity comes from God. The ability to fashion something that is pleasing or that creates emotion, or serves a useful purpose is a gift.

Not all of us have received the same level of creativity, or the same brand. But a creative God has not failed to give each of us the ability to express ourselves in some fashion. Whether it’s a photographer capturing a child’s shy smile or a farmer turning the soil, every creative endeavor has worth if it is done “with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

I was blessed today to experience the work of many creative individuals during a trip from my rural Indiana home to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The city is abuzz with excitement over a city-wide art exhibit featuring the work of over 1,500 artists. ArtPrize exhibits are spread across three square miles of the city at more than 160 different venues.

An artist's portrait of actor Robin Williams

An artist’s portrait of actor Robin Williams

Artist Pamela Alderman with her exhibit, Hometown Hero

Artist Pamela Alderman with her exhibit, Hometown Hero

Following an afternoon of ArtPrize, I spent the evening in the presence of gifted writers at a reading and book-signing in conjunction with the Breathe Christian Writers Conference.

It was a beautiful day.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  Psalm 19:1   Selah

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2 Comments

  1. Tara

    That artwork is pretty. I love that my creativity comes from God. Oh so true.

  2. Betsy Tacchella

    Thanks for the reminder that creativity is an act of worship. I’ll have to ponder that thought. We’re headed up to ArtPrize Saturday.

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