In the Honors program at Nyack College, my cohort has been studying the concept of work with Dr. Gates and how to understand work from a Christian worldview. It has been an eye-opening study as I have learned much about myself and God. We have read Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor and discussed the book and how it applies to our lives in our work, education and future. One of the key points we have learned is that God designed humanity to be creative because he is the ultimate creator. Through what I have learned in class, I have conceptualized my idea of what it means to be creative from a Christian worldview. Creativity often drives my work, and I believe that everyone is creative in a sense. The desire to understand is why we approach work from a creative mindset, no matter the career field or medium.
Creativity has been given a narrow view. Creativity is not a quality for only the right brained, but there is creativity in the logical and the rational. We are creative in our problem solving. Logic is not always black and white. The mind is complex, and God created our minds to be creative. Creativity comes from a part of our minds that craves to make sense of our world. It is not the quest for knowledge but rather the effort to understand more about ourselves and the world. It is a part of being human.
The Gospel gives us an understanding of our work to understand life and do our work well. We can learn about our careers, our work and lives in God and his word; we find counsel, hope and direction in him. All people, no matter if it is the artist, the scientist, the writer, etc., are intuitive people with questions and who wish to find the answers. God’s masterpiece is mankind. We are complex, beautiful and we have the ability to create and do wonders in the world.
One of the aspects of work that I learned in class that has stayed with me is that our work won’t be complete on earth. We can only see partial reality now. We are learning and being perfected in God. One of the most beautiful aspects of God is that as creator of the universe, he is the master artist, scientist, and writer. Psalm 19:1-2 from the New International Version says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.” In God’s creation of the heavens, there is a magnitude of beauty and wonder. God designed man in his image and gave him the ability to do great works. God’s will for us extends beyond what our minds can comprehend. His knowledge is infinite and his creativity knows no bounds.