I read another couple of chapters in Finding a Job You Can Love this morning. Good stuff. The authors stress the creative nature of God, which complements what I read recently in The Creative Call. Mattson and Miller write:
"Creation is a work of art that is not required but is better for being. It adds nothing to God, since adding to God is outside the realm of possibility, yet He takes pleasure in it."
This is an apt description of any creative endeavor. The books, stories, articles, or devotions I write don't add anything to me personally--in fact, they frequently take a whole lot out of me!--yet I also (usually) take pleasure in what I create. Though I certainly strive for the quality of writing that will find its way into print, the bottom line is that I write for the sheer joy of expression.
Mattson and Miller also say:
"Nothing man does can be done without physical and mental capacities created by God, working on concepts or materials also created by God."
In other words, everything--everything--in this universe has been created by God. And it was created for good. The authors continue:
"This truth allows one to see how hideous sin really is. We take that which is good, true, and beautiful and pervert it, then had it over to Satan to rule."
That's strong stuff. Perverting God's creation truly is a hideous sin. Which is why it is so important that we as Christians do all we can to pursue our God-given gifts in ways that bring more goodness, not less, into our world.