Reflections of the Divine


“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  Genesis 1:27

    Any phrase repeated in early eastern writing is meant to give emphasis.  Therefore, this is an important thought. What does this verse mean to you?

We are reflected light, as the moon reflects the sun.  Observe how brightly the full moon shines unobstructed.  As the shadow of the earth blocks its brightness, so do the cares of the world keep us from our full potential.  We are reflected light of the Divine.  What does that mean to you?
    Created in the image of God means that we are creators, too.  ‘Creative’ depends on your definition, but “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (Ecc 9:10) Look at the things your hands have done!  There’s power in them.
    We are all creators, be it in arts and decoration, dance and music, carpentry or cooking, organizing industry or spreadsheets.  Our capacity for destruction is redeemed by our ability to create.  The question is identifying and developing our particular gifts.    
        Seeking Him means finding His image within you.  Your gift to Him is learning to use it.  Whether you realize it or acknowledge it, you were created with special talents.  Your unique skills have a spiritual source that becomes evident in the physical as you apply your own thoughts and intellect.  This is a spark that wants to become a blaze.

“Direct a child in the way he should go and when he is old he won’t stray from it.”  (Prov 22:6)  

Who might’ve directed you onto the right path as a child?  Was it any of the people you named in step 4?  Is your past relative to your definition of creativity today?
    As a proud parent delights in his child’s skill, so our heavenly Father is glorified by our creative expression.  There is potential for worship in all that we do.

“God tells man who He is. God tells us that He created man in His image.  So man is something wonderful.”  Francis Schaeffer

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of Your fingers—
    the moon and the stars You have set in place—
What are mortals that You should think of us,
    Mere humans that You should care for us?
For You made us only a little lower than God,
    And You crowned us with glory and honor.”  Psalm 8:3-5

Write a bio:  Reserve an hour for yourself, going to neutral territory if necessary.  Remove yourself from the typical distractions to write a description of yourself in the 3rd person, as you would a literary character.  (Not ‘I am’, but ‘he’ or ‘she is.’)  You might want to try this:    Dorothea Brande, in Becoming A Writer (1934, Harcourt, Brace & Co; 1981 J P Tarcher, Inc; NYC,) says, “Walk through the nearest door.  From the moment you stand on the threshold turn yourself into your own object of attention.  What do you look like, standing there?  How do you walk?  What, if you knew nothing about yourself, could be gathered of you: your character, your background, your purpose just there at just that minute?  If there are people in the room whom you must greet, how do you greet them?  How do your attitudes vary towards them?  Do you give any overt sign that you are fonder of one, or more aware of one, than of the rest?”
    Who will you be today?


[The Source begins here.]

 

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