Aug
05
2011

Consuming vs. Creating

Creation is difficult. Consuming is oh so easy. Consider:

  • Easy: Eating a meal. Hard: Burning those calories.
  • Easy: Watching paint dry. Hard: Painting.
  • Easy: Reading a blog post. Hard: Writing a blog post.
  • Easy: Leaving your car at a mechanic. Hard: Figuring out what’s wrong with your engine.
  • Easy: Eat a raw tomato purchased from the Farmer’s Market. Hard: Cultivating your own garden.

You get the picture. There is a resistance against creation, a spiritual resistance, a lingering temptation to consume the fruits of life around you rather than create the fruition. Consuming is easy, creating is difficult.

But hardly as rewarding. Creation may be tough, but it is beautiful. Families are the epitome of creation. This is our “image of God trait,” as we call it so often in our books.

Dig deeper. Here are some more convicting comparisons…

  • Easy: Criticizing your parents. Hard: Being a good parent.
  • Easy: Going to a Bible study. Hard: Leading a Bible study.
  • Easy: Talking about righteousness. Hard: Living a righteous life.
  • Easy: Getting paid for your work. Hard: Creating a market with what you love to do.
  • Easy: Spending money on a credit card. Hard: Living on a budget, within your means.

This isn’t meant to be a guilt trip. It is a pass to freedom. Seriously, consuming may be oh so easy, but riding the wave of creation is oh so rewarding.

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • T. Gates

    You post is oh so true!  It really IS a pass to freedom.  Like Robert Frost said in his poem “The Road Not taken” I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

  • Jillaine Wonick

    Thank you.  This was what I needed to read today!