In the beginning…

Genesis 1:1-5 (New Living Translation)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said: “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.

There is something so appealing about fresh beginnings. The opportunity to leave behind our old mistakes, to celebrate what was good about our past, and to make decisions about how our future will be even better. Each day brings a new chance to create something good and exciting and fulfilling out of our lives!

When we create, we bring something into existence that wasn’t there before. We take something from our imagination, and move it from concept to reality. Artists engage in this kind of creation when they paint or sculpt. In today’s reading from the opening lines of the Bible, we celebrate that our God is a God of creation– the ultimate artist– creating the universe from nothing. And God’s artistry didn’t end once the universe was formed and spinning on its way. Scripture shows us how consistently God has worked to develop, refine and nurture what was created.

Ephesians 2:10 tells us: “For we are God’s masterpiece. God has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” We are a part of God’s creation– God’s continuing artistic work in the universe!

What will you do today as you “co-create” your life with God’s loving guidance?

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