Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Written by: Ryan Lambros
My two sons couldn’t be more opposite. Eight-year-old Weston is shy, non-emotional, tall, and lanky. He has extreme OCD and is a pure introvert. He has to have his “alone” time. Six-year-old Maverick is bulky, athletic, brutish, active, loud, extremely emotional, weighs more than his older brother, punches everything in sight, and is a pure extrovert (he lives up to his name). When they play well together, it’s a beautiful thing. However, when they are at war with each other: LOOK OUT!
One such day, Weston had shut himself in his room for some much-needed alone time. As I sat in my home office, I heard Maverick pounding on Weston’s door and scream, “Let me in! Let me in!” He would not stop, and it escalated quickly with Weston’s snarky reply, “I need my alone time! Go away!”
I quickly called Maverick over and sat him on my lap. He was breathing very hard and I’m pretty sure steam was coming out his ears and nostrils. I started calmly, “What’s the problem, buddy?” He clenched his lips together in pure anger and replied through gritted teeth, “Weston won’t let me be with him!” I then explained to Maverick, “You know how God made you super special? He made you in a way you just love being with people. You’re a cuddler. You love to be around people. You do NOT like being alone. You do NOT like playing alone. God made you to love and get energy from being with people all the time.” Maverick nodded and smiled at the sound of that. I continued: “But buddy, God made Weston different. Weston loves being alone. He does not like to cuddle or hug. He gets really tired of being around people. He gets really happy when he can be alone, and he is the best version of himself when he has time to be alone.”
I thought I nailed it. I thought, ‘Maverick is going to understand this.’ I was wrong. Maverick sat there for 10 seconds and then looked me dead in the eyes and said: “I hate how God made Weston!” and then ran off and started banging on Weston’s door again. So, besides my ultimate parent fail, something hit me in that moment. God is an incredible creator. The beginning of the entire story of the world, as told in the Bible, starts with the sentence, “In the beginning God created…”
God’s creativity flows from His character. God didn’t have to create. He wasn’t forced to create. He didn’t even have to create diverse things. Yet, God, in his incredible wisdom, created the entire human race and all of the incredible diversity it entails. The most important thing God created, in my opinion, is life. I believe this is made clear in today’s scripture.
This is incredible! God is the author, creator, and designer of life, and He cares deeply for it. So much so that he makes human life a direct reflection and image of himself! Life is a big deal for God.
Thought of the day: When was the last time you thanked God for the gift of life? For the joy of life? For the beauty of life?
Prayer: God, thank You for the gift of life. I am grateful that You love me so much that you made me in Your image. In Jesus’ name, amen.