Why we make coffee, and jokes, and babies



You and I are more creative--and powerful--than we imagine.

I’m going to guess that tomorrow morning you will make the alarm clock stop beeping, make coffee, make the bed (though I wouldn’t bet my life on that), make yourself look presentable and then you will make your way to work so that you can make hay while the sun shines.

You will do all this (and probably a lot more) because you, my friend, are a maker.

The Good Book says God, the ultimate Maker, made us humans in His image. If true, this makes us chips off the eternal Block…meaning, among other things, it is our essential nature to make things.

No wonder we make phone calls, make plans, make decisions and make mistakes (often then making excuses before we make mid-course corrections). This is the reason we make faces, make light, make jokes, and make merry. It's why we make out, make love, and make babies...and why we make messes and trouble constantly, thereby making others miserable (or sad or angry or wary). This explains why, if we are humble, we make ourselves make amends. And if we are wise, why we make time to try to make sense of where we find ourselves.

Sometimes, sadly, we make enemies and make war. Yet, as terrible as that is, we also have it within us to make the effort to make up.

Here’s the beautiful truth: We are makers. God designed us with this incredible, god-like capacity to create. And God makes each new, once-in-a-lifetime day as a kind of work space for us to do our thing.

So, what will you make? A meal? A memory? Art? A new friend? An old friend laugh? Peace with your past? Progress toward a goal? Your home available? An effort to reach out and listen and help?

You and I are makers. And when we make up our minds to: (a) use our God-given resources and abilities; and (b) seize the opportunities before us, we make the best of all things…a difference.

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