If you asked my mother-in-law, she would tell you that she doesn’t have a creative bone in her body. I would have to argue with her on that one. As a matter of fact, I’m sure I have at some point.
Webster says that creative means, “marked by the ability or power to create.” So while my mother-in-law doesn’t feel creative, she certainly has the ability to be. At the very least, I know she can crochet. All thanks to her fourth grade teacher; who actually happened to be a man. Go figure.
So while my mother-in-law is clearly able to create, what stops her from feeling creative? I think she sometimes forgets, as do I, one very important thing…
She is made in the image of God.
Hang tight and go with me back to the beginning…
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
All throughout the Bible we learn about who God is. We learn of his love, mercy, justice, forgiveness, and kindness. But the very first thing we learn is that He has the ability and power to create, and he did! With so much meticulous care he created every single thing from planets and galaxies to ants and inchworms. And then he did something even greater. He created man.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Being made in the image of God doesn’t mean that we are entirely like God. We are not all-powerful, we are not all knowing, we are not able to be in all places at all times (how cool would that be!). But being made in the image of God means that we do share in His character…even the creative part.
My mother-in-law might not enjoy creating in the tangible sense, but when it comes to creating a mother/daughter-in-law relationship, there are few I’ve known who have done it better. She’s seriously the best. And that is something I’m so thankful that she had the power and ability to create.
The MADE Woman is inherently moved to be a creator and maker because it is part of her design.
With her hands, she creates works of beauty.
She writes, paints, draws, and sews.
She sculpts, knits, photographs, and designs.
With love and hospitality, she creates a home.
She makes it warm and welcoming.
Her family feels loved and cared for.
With her words, she builds people up.
She affirms, encourages, and comforts.
With intentionality, she creates community.
She engages with the people around her.
Her friends call her trustworthy and loyal.
She is moved by compassion.
She cares for her world.
She fights for the weak and upholds justice.
With her life, she creates a legacy.