Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Beginnings - A Look In Genesis. Part 2

After I mow our lawn at home, I like to step back and check out how everything looks.  When I do this, I'm making sure I did the job right.  It may sound weird to you, but I even check to see if the lines left from the lawnmower are straight and neat. 

On a far greater scale, God stood back and saw all of his creative work in Genesis 1.  According to the scripture, God reflected on what He accomplished in forming the heavens and the earth, and He "saw that it was good."  Actually, He did this several times along the way.  (Check out verses 4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, and 31 of Genesis chapter 1 to see for yourself.)

He had every right to feel good about His work.  God's creative labor was executed with perfection.  Everything He fashioned was done so brilliantly. 

What do you do on a normal day?  Maybe it's work at an office, plow a field, teach a class, mop a floor, wash a pile of dishes, look after a baby, pay bills, or fold piles of laundry.  Regardless of who you are and what you do, work in such a way that you can end every day seeing "it was good."  God could honestly feel good about the accomplishments of His days.  Can you?  Can I?

We want to be able to say at the end of every day that "it was good".  So let's just give our absolute, very best at whatever we do.  When we pour our heart and soul into our work, we can know we will feel good about what we have accomplished.

I've always liked these words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:  "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'"

Thanks be to God for His creative work being good.  We get to enjoy the benefits of His handy work.  Because He did so well, we get to live in a beautiful, breathtaking creation.  His labor ended up being a blessing to us.

Let's follow His example.  Let's find inspiration in His excellence.  Let's work diligently and passionately so that we can stand back at the end of the day and be able to honestly say this about what we accomplished:  "it was good."

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