I'm a crafter. I mean, I'm many things. I'm a woman, a wife, a mom, a friend, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a keeper of our home, a princess in the Kingdom of God (thanks for the reminder AP) and countless others if I stop and pick apart each of the details of my/our life I accomplish. Each of these roles are exhausting at certain times and amazing at all of them. I can't pick a favorite because they all come together to make me me, and give me a diverse and sometimes confusing persona, depending on who you talk to and what tasks I happen to be multitasking when you check in to look.
But one of the things that has drawn me to others, infuses into almost every conversation with friends or family and takes up a fair amount of my brain space, closet space and garage space if you want to know the truth, is my love of crafting. Creating. Bringing new life to old things. Making something useful and meaningful out of objects that on their own have little appeal. Giving things beauty and purpose. And I am not alone.
Magazines, Blogs, TV shows, whole TV stations, stores, instagram feeds, twitter accounts, conferences and weekends with just your girlfriends are dedicated to creating. Producing something out of nothing. Making art that only you can make. The reason is not because we are obsessive compulsive crazy people high on glue and paint fumes. Well at least that's not only the reason. The reason, which is the reason behind all things, is the Gospel. The life of Christ. Everywhere and everything in our world points to Him. Not just the churchy things or the socially proper things or the things the world deems as important. ALL things point to Him. By Him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth. He came before all things and after all things and in Him all things hold together. All things point to Him to remind you of who He is and what He has done and that He loves you enough to do for you what He did. Even crafting. Maybe especially so.
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
God is the ultimate crafter. The one whom all creativity stems from. Even Mark Twain said "There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages." Mark Twain is brilliantly correct because all the ideas originated from a great and beautiful and perfect design, and like the things I and the other thousands of people on pinterest make, I am part of that design.
We are His handiwork. We are His creation. His craft that He made useful and meaningful with beauty and purpose. God in all His craftiness created me and shows Himself to others through the work of His hands.
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