The Perfect Perfectionist

If you didn’t read my blog post this past Sunday, let me say it was about my being a “frustrated perfectionist” in so many important areas of my life. Even though I do my best, I always feel I should’ve been able to do better.

You know what, though? Whatever talents I have came from God, and when it comes to creativity, He doesn’t make mistakes. He’s the ultimate perfectionist–the Perfect Perfectionist, you might say–and I can never match any of the things He’s made.

I wouldn’t begin to know how to create a universe. Not even to design one.

I used to marvel at what the biblical book of Genesis says about the days of creation and what God did on each of those days. Whether you believe those were twenty-four hour days or longer periods of time, God didn’t simply snap his fingers to make what He made each day.

He planned it out first. Don’t ask me how. I would have to be God to understand how He did it. If he hadn’t needed to plan everything, then He might’ve done everything–or could have, anyhow–in a single day. But not even the Perfect Perfectionist rushed the Creation process. He enjoyed designing and creating everything, just as we do when we do something that makes us feel satisfied.

God’s perfect planning and creativity resulted in the Garden of Eden and the first human beings–along with so much more. And He looked at it day by day and saw that it was good.

He’s so intelligent He knew He couldn’t force humanity to love Him–that wouldn’t be love. So He created free will, and Adam and Eve’s choice to use that freedom in a sinful way resulted in their expulsion from God’s perfect Garden–and in the introduction of sin into the world, not to mention death.

The biblical writer who said, “There’s nothing new under the sun,” had it right. When God created everything that we’re able to detect with one or more of our senses, He established patterns we follow throughout our lives. Not only does “every good and perfect gift come from above,” every good and godly idea does, too.

That’s why I tend to look at my newest novel or my latest song and think, “I didn’t write that. God did. I only succeeded at doing as good a job of putting it into human language as I depended on God’s leadership to do.”

Or as I’ve been known to say at times, “God wrote it. He did it perfectly. All of the mistakes and imperfections are mine.”

What about you? Do you believe mankind’s creativity is actually a reflection, as it were, of God’s creativity? Any other comments about this post?

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Roger

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4 thoughts on “The Perfect Perfectionist

  1. SO many interesting things to think about here. Where to begin?

    I think it’s irrelevant how long the creative ”days” were. I’ve heard everything from literal 24 hour periods to a creative day lasting thousands of years. It doesn’t matter, really. What matters is that the entire universe is functioning and impinges on us in everything we do. Most of this we have no sensation of, no concept of, actually. As to where God resides amid this 96 billion-mile expanse is also unimportant. Also, keep in mind that this expanse is just the observable portion of the universe. This observable part does not include any spiritual realms that may be parked right next door, maybe in one of those so-called extra dimensions. We have no clue.

    As for perfect, I see a lot of unbelievable detail in how we are made. But the greatest detail I see is the size of the universe, the billions upon billions of galaxies and sun with their attending trillions of planets. I think these things are there for us to explore and enjoy for eternity. No other reason to go to all the trouble of making all this stuff. Certainly, it is not there as a tease, off limits, look-but-don’t-touch stuff. Nah. We can see it because we are supposed to. In the present we will be unable to enjoy these things but I have eternity in view.

    As for my personal creative process I strongly feel it is my personbal creative process. I am not just a stenographer for God. That was the situation with the Jewish writers of the bible. They had the priviledge of transmitting the thoughts of God to us directly and had to do it exactly. But in order for me to have a sense of accomplishment I truly feel I write this things with the gifts I recieve from heaven. Without the gift of life, eyesight, intelectual capacity, the planet Earth and its’ abundant riches (among countlees other things) noone could produce anything. But I do the work, the thinking, and receive the reward of satisfaction. If I were a runner and I knew God was spinning me around the track to win the gold medal would be meaningless.

    This, of course, ties in with free will. If it weren’t for that we would have a reason to object on the outcome of our lives. SO I think I write these things wioth the errors and all. I can say that God helped me in that he gave the the ability to write, something not proffered to animals or plants, for instance. They have their own abilities and they themselves proclaim the goodness of creation by their very existence.

    There is really only a small difference in our point of view. All in all we are on the same page. Thanks for another fine post.

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    • Thank YOU, Tom. Very well thought out, as usual. Yes, our points of view are quite similar. I find your interest in the macro fascinating. Even though I’ve watched some amazing videos about the universe and the minuscule part of it the earth is, I’m more fascinated with the micro-universe. It’s not unusual for me to watch an ant that’s made its way through the drain into the sink. No, I don’t want it there, but I can’t help being fascinated at how tiny its organs must be and the very fact that the ant and I have life in common in spite of our huge differences. Another aspect of life that fascinates me is the very fact that plants and animals are both alive, but in such a different ways.

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