Creation is about inflicting order on chaos. It can involve assembling raw materials, formulating coherent thoughts, inventing characters, weaving novel melodies, or capturing emotions with paint, stone or film. In small but meaningful ways creation combats the ever-present march towards oblivion. In whatever from it takes, creation is an act of True Faith.
Of course, not all creations are created equal. There’s enough chaos and destruction built into the cosmos to have it consume creative resources. Good creation improves, inspires and enlightens. It requires overcoming insurmountable obstacles…at least if you’re creating anything worthwhile. In fact, the worth of creation is probably proportional to the effort required to produce it. By that standard, Twitter feeds have to be on the lowest end of the creative worth scale. And on the opposite end, a notch above creating an empire…establishing a righteous family.
What greater act of creation could there be than to bring new beings into the world and raise them to be righteous, educated, well-adjusted contributors to civilization? And what could be more difficult? To sculpt such a family requires skills, patience, longsuffering, and love that far transcend the steady hands and imagination of marble workers. Stone doesn’t talk back, have its own opinions, and is not endowed with a sovereign free will.
No work of art or business or political accomplishment can compare to a posterity that continues a legacy of virtue. In a few short generations the influence of a mother and father trying their best, with the help of Heaven, will have legions of little ones making the world a better place. You will not only have done something great for its own sake, but you will multiply your influence over the world in a way that Alexander the Great would envy.
Those of you with young children will also attest that there is no better practice at inflicting order on chaos than trying to keep a house clean while kids enjoy summer vacation.