Genesis 1:17 says, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him,” and regardless of our religious affiliation, we ought to really explore that idea. If we were made in God’s image, what would that mean about our nature? It’s widely agreed upon that God is the ultimate creative force, and if we descend from that, it must be true that we are also fundamentally creative. It’s not difficult to understand that when you’re out of sync with your purpose, everything feels shaky and life is tough.
I venture to say that a lot of the trouble we have in the world comes directly out of our lack of understanding for what satisfies our souls most deeply. You’ve got to build something beautiful if you hope to enjoy your life, because at the end of the day, it is this “putting together” of things that really makes us feel free. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there is the tearing down of things, which seems to justify its own existence at times, but in the final analysis we see that it violates our most basic identity.
This is why doing underhanded and sketchy things always bites us in the rear-end–because it mocks our creative duty and undermines the honor of what we’re on earth to do. If you’ll just ready yourself to build something beautiful, and then give it everything you’ve got, you will build up a fortress that is far too strong to be destroyed. But it all starts with the understanding that we are creative beings, and we must live our lives in accord with this truth if we hope to have a joyful and meaningful experience.