Live with intention!
Care for the needs of the world!
Bake a birthday cake my grandson will love!
Is it me, or do one of these goals not seem like the other?
When I see a beautiful room makeover, an adorable handmade baby quilt, or a yummy holiday dessert, I get inspired to create!
Inspiration is all around. Pinterest, Instagram, even magazines at the grocery store checkout counter.
And yet, without fail, when the ideas begin to flow a battle begins in my mind.
How can I justify taking the time to be creative?
Within moments of reading the news I am reminded of how much hurt is in this world.
A quick scan of the local paper or a glance at our church prayer email update reveals the deep needs within our own community.
The desire to be creative. The desire to make a difference. Can these two seemingly opposing desires coexist?
The answer is found in our intentions.
Intentions. The Lord brought this word to mind and as I read its definition my mind began to put the pieces together.
“done on purpose; deliberate”
“purpose or attitude toward the effect of one’s actions or conduct”
Two things the Lord has been teaching me as I wrestle through this:
- Our deep desire to create comes from God himself, our CREATOR.
We are made in His image, why wouldn’t we have creative passions?
- Our talents and passions are to be used for God’s glory!
We were made to love God and love others. What a beautiful opportunity we have to use our creative desires and talents to love well and reflect the image of our glorious Creator.
Let’s create with intention and love.
Maybe you have a passion for baking, which, by the way, my daughter Hannah actually baked the cake below for my grandson… and he LOVED it! Or maybe it’s something else entirely. Whatever it is, we have an opportunity each day to be a reflection of God to the world around us. Let’s embrace these opportunities and love others well using the passions and talents He has given us and create to the glory of God!
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Above is a link to a 2021 printable calendar. I designed this calendar several years ago and continue to update and use it each year on a painted clipboard. I’d love to share it with you.
For the clipboard: