There are some days I wake up with an extra special passion for my day. I want to do it all – cook really excellent meals, create things with my hands, paint, love on my neighbors and family – today was one of those days.

I’m in the beginning of a 36-week study of Genesis. I don’t think I’ve ever spent the time to go through the first two chapters verse by verse with scrutiny. The first chapter is amazing of course, which is like viewing creation through a telescope. The second chapter views creation through a microscope and lets you in on some of the detail in which God created.

I’m noticing how the Lord bent down and made man out of the dust of the ground with care, like a great sculptor.

How he personally planted a beautiful garden, like a master gardener.

How he made beautiful trees with delicious fruit and created a sweet aroma there, like an atmospherics expert.

Today’s painting: Oil on canvas

Why did he do all this? He did it for us. For us to find pleasure in it. For us to see His glory in it and point it out to others. And man was the high point of his creation, even though He knew we would fail. Human and fallible, dirt yet deity. Wretched and beautiful. And I have a higher respect for work – God gave Adam the work of tending the garden. It was supposed to be joyful, creative, meaningful and fulfilling. With Christ, I think our work can still be this for us.

I love what Olympian Eric Liddell said – “When I run, I feel His pleasure.”

When I create, I feel His pleasure. And I’ve discovered if I’m in this frame of mind with everything I do, I can find new meaning in even the most mundane tasks because He can be in it. Even the dishes.

God created everything – food, marriage, art, music – as sacred, to glorify God. -Josh Kouri