What I Did Last Summer

I've heard a rumor that summers are about rest and relaxation.  My Facebook feed was filled with friends and family on vacations or picnics, at family reunions or the pool, hiking, biking, or enjoying the beach.  I spent my summer rebuilding my pool deck, adding onto my patio, building a wooden gate, painting my sunroom and the trim in a bedroom, and remodeling my kitchen.  The last item I am still doing, and I will probably be at it until October at least.

My neighbors, and the people I work with, wonder why I work so hard. Actually, sometimes I wonder why I work so hard. But the truth of the matter is this: I enjoy it. I love to work with my hands. I love to create, and as remodeling sometimes requires, I love to destroy with the hope of creating something better later. I use my mind so much in my work, that sometimes I just like to do something physical rather than mental. (Of course, my wife wishes I would use my mind a little more when doing physical labor, like when I took a reciprocating saw to a wall can cut through a water line while I was at it.)

God is a God of work as well as of rest. He is also a God of creation and expression. When I build, I will look back on my creation and enjoy the accomplishment. I think about the seventh day, while God rested, and I can imagine Him looking at all He had created and smiling, maybe giving Himself a little pat on the back: "that's pretty good, ya know?" (Of course, He never had to call a plumber to repair a sawn-through pipe.) We marvel in God's creation every day--from every sun-filled morning to every thunderstorm-laden afternoon, from the smallest flower springing from the toughest clay to the grandest mountain capped with snow. In the same way, we like to marvel at our creations and those of our fellow man, whether they be poems, songs, paintings, cabinets, patios, remodeled rooms, or high tech inventions. And we should marvel at these, for they reflect the creativity of our very own Creator.

2 Timothy 2:15 is the Academy's Verse of the Year: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." We want to do well in our jobs. We want whatever we write to make sense, what we sing to sound beautiful, what we build to be sturdy and true. We want to know how to use the tools that are given to us to create the things we want to create. So it should be with the Word of God. Let us strive to apply it correctly, to live it well, and to build our faith into a structure that can never be shaken or destroyed.

Alan Ciechanowski


Hillcrest Christian Academy

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