In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Yesterday I talked about being surrounded by God. That got me to thinking about what we do in our lives as we live day to day. We make a great deal about creativity, about creating something. But God is the only one who created something out of nothing. All we do flows from Him. Every new thought, every new deed has its roots in the verses above.
I am not an especially creative person with either hands or mind. I admire those who are, who have been blessed with that gift by the Creator. When someone fashions a story or a poem. When someone crafts an item out of wood or metal, paper or plastic. They are using God bestowed talent to create. Not out of nothing, but out of Him.
Based on this, there has no been an original thought, word or deed in the entire course of humanity. Everything flows from Him.
I might give us one thing: sin. But He allows it, He uses it for His greater glory, and He will vanquish it for eternity.
So even then, nothing we do is really lasting of ourselves; but only of Him.