"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it." Psalm 139:13-14 (NLT)
I arrived home from my class, Remember to Leave Your Footprint: You Were Created to Leave a Legacy (Mandy Adendorff, 2011) last night, to hear that Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple, passed away. Ironic. Steve Jobs' legacy reached through time and space, "To infinity and beyond!" some reports say, quoting Pixar's character, Buzz Lightyear. Where can you walk without seeing someone holding an iPod, iPhone, or an iPad? He thought outside the box and changed the way we think and live and do business. He changed the world.
It's easy to look at his legacy and say, "Wow! What favor he enjoyed." But did you know we're all favored? Did you know we're all God's favorite child? Just like a parent, expecting their second child, you wonder how you'll ever love this new child like the first. But, as he matures inside you, you grow to love him--the same, but different. It's like that between us and God. He loves each of us (His created) the same, but different. We're all His favorite child for different reasons.
We don't all have to be a Steve Jobs to find God's favor. All we have to be is us--who God created us to be. We're all born with the creative capacity to change the world. Genesis 1:27 says, "So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (NLT). If God is Creator and we hold His image in our DNA then we have the ability to create--whether through technology, visual arts, music, writing, business...the possibilities are infinite.
Addressing the graduating class at Stamford University, Jobs said, "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
So, what's stopping us from leaving our creative footprint? What do we have to lose?
There's so much more to say on this subject of leaving a legacy. As I ponder and learn over the next few weeks I'll write more. Until then...
On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for:
- Being God's favorite daughter
- Infinite creative possibilities