Wake up, turn on my computer, work, turn off my computer, do chores, watch TV, read, sleep. Wake-up, turn on my computer, work, (sigh) turn off my computer, (sigh) do chores, watch TV, read, sleep.
Hours have bled into days, days into weeks, and now months. Sure, they are opening up places soon, but I then I’ll just fall into another routine. When I get caught in the routine, there are activities that I do to break the routine, and that brings me joy—activities like writing, knitting, cooking, and recently, I started to play Kalimba.
Creating things is what brings me joy. When I create things, they are different, they are unique, each dish tastes different, each song played sounds different, each scarf knitted looks different, every page I write is unique.
As human beings we were created to create things, after all:
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
and the first thing we learn about God is that He is a creator:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth Genesis 1:1
And he created so many things, from the tiniest creepy crawlers to the trees that are 380 feet tall; in fact, scientists estimate that there are about 8.7 different species in the world.
How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24
God is a creative creator, and as bearers of His image so are we—millions of art pieces, songs, books will prove so.
If you are feeling stuck in a routine, I have a challenge:
Create Something New.
Many of us are very busy, but try to find 20 minutes a day or maybe a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon. Find some quiet time where you can create something new.
- Make bread for the first time
- Pick up a simple instrument to learn, there are so many. I choose the Kalimba because is cheap and there are lots of tutorials online
- Learn to knit, there are also lots of tutorials online
- Learn to paint – check out some Bob Ross videos
- Write a story
- There is also quilting, woodcarving, jewelry making, scrapbooking, gardening, origami, and so much more.
While you create something new, think of God’s infinity creative power (Psalm 104).
After you finished creating something new, share it with someone (just like God shared his creation with us).
24 How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
27 All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.