In order to live a Less Is More Lifestyle you need to Start With Love.

Here is the first run at the weekly devotional series…for those who prefer to read…the text of the reflection is below. Thanks to those who joined the Live discussion. I will post next week’s Event shortly in the Groups shortly.

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I, like most people I know, am most energized and joy filled when I am creating something. For me it is writing or working to launch a new program. I have several friends where it is cooking, baking, grilling, or smoking meat. I know many people who feel most themselves when creating an inviting warm space by cleaning, organizing, and decorating. Many people feel most energized when designing things, making things, or building things. Most people I know feel energized when creating new relationships. I could obviously go on and on.

This makes total sense! We reflect God’s nature…

God’s first connection with humanity was in the act of creation.

God is a creative!

God created humans in their own image, blessed them, and said “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it (NLT).”

God didn’t immediately create and then micro-manage. God created us in their image, said God’s creation is good, then set us free with a broad vision for our activity.

In the Message version of The Bible the interpreter puts it this way:

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of the earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature.”

The obvious and traditional way to look at this is to say we are humans so we are responsible for creation and we are to govern it. I am not disagreeing with that but I think there is more to God’s vision for us.

We are “godlike”. We are to create just like our creator! It is cliche but true to say “God is love”, and God’s first move was to create so God had things and people to love.

Like God we create out of love. Love for ourselves, love for what we create, and love for the people who enjoy the fruits of that creative love.

We bake that cake, assemble that bike, or design that product or process out of a love of our giftedness and for people we love…at least when we are living at our best.

This is what “Start With Love” is all about. I, like God, love you and hope you enjoy my creation.

Your homework for this week is simply to create and nurture something…A thought or belief…that since you are created in God’s image you have the ability to create something meaningful. Allow yourself to believe that you are worthy to create because God created you. Reflect on that truth each day! Each day spend one minute saying to yourself…I am worthy of creating something meaningful.

Have a blessed week!

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