Blogs - Summit Semester
October 21, 2010
God’s Creation Inspires Us to Create
As week six quickly comes to a close and the leaves of autumn gently fall to the ground, our minds are frequently reminded of the beauty of God’s creation. Whether we are hiking in the mountains or playing volleyball in the sand, we are always aware of that simple fact. For me personally, this has been one of the most beautiful autumn seasons of my life. To live and study in the mountains is a continual joy and something I do not want to take lightly. I went on a hike earlier this week to the top of the ridge I can see from my window. As with all other hikes I have been on here in Colorado, I was in awe when I finally reached the top of the ridge. The shear height of the highest mountains and depth of the lowest valleys is beyond comparison. Just thinking about the fact that God would allow us to enjoy His creation in such a way is amazing. It seems as if the whole of creation cries out the glory of God as it shows God’s creative nature.
Because creation points directly to God’s creative nature, we are ourselves creative. e HHHHHHHHhsldkfjlskdjflsdkjfHHlsdjlfksdjfhhhlkjhlkdsfsdfsdfsdfsdfdfsdfdsfsdfsdjokjol44854848This is one of the topics that our professor this week, Dr. Don Williams, has addressed in his book, Mere Humanity. Dr. Williams writes that we as humans are different from all of creation in that we enjoy beauty simply because it is beautiful. A monkey is able to use a stick to dig up food or organize boxes in a certain way to reach a high object, but the monkey would not organize the boxes in an aesthetically pleasing way. Because we are created in God’s image, we seek to imitate God by using our abilities to create. However, since sin entered the world, Satan seeks to distort our creative instincts given to us by God. We then create objects or images that are unpleasing in God’s eyes. It is easy to allow our creation to become an idol or inspire us toward prideful ambition. With this in mind, we should create but create with the purpose of serving and glorifying God.
At Snow Wolf Lodge, we have been able to do this through the work crew projects. Though we are not directly creating, our work on re-staining various buildings has allowed us to be good stewards of the property God has given us. This is one of the large concepts that Nathan has continually told us. The buildings have already been created, but we are able to help maintain the creation of man which reflects God’s creative nature. As we work side by side with each other, I have seen how my fellow students at Summit Semester work together to accomplish the various goals.
Some of these goals, like work crew goals, have been corporate, while others remain on an individual basis. Because we all come to Summit with the desire to learn and work out questions that we face, each one of us has specific challenges or goals. For myself and others as well, being at Summit allows me to strive toward good habits that I hope to maintain in the coming years. The environment not only allows me to have these habits but also encourages me to have them.
With this combination of good habits, great teaching, and a wonderful environment in which to live, I have been very blessed with the opportunity I have had coming to Summit. If the second half of the semester is as fulfilling as the last, then I can’t wait for it to begin.
Blogger's Bio: Planning to study Environmental Chemistry, Joshua says “I feel called to study science in order to help people understand the great Creator.” More specifically, Joshua says that he hopes to use this degree to improve the environment. “I believe this world needs more scientists that will stand firm in their faith.” Joshua was involved in student council, and enjoys playing the trumpet, biking, football, basketball and being in the great outdoors.