Discover Who You are and Why You are Here
You are a Creative Worker:
God carries on creative work through human beings. Human
beings serve as instrument of transformation of thoughts and
ideas from the spiritual state to the physical state. Our mind
which is an aspect of the brain mechanism is a creative device
which enables us to relate to spiritual as well as physical
Our role in the creative process involves receiving thoughts
and ideas which emanate from God into our mind. By means of
our mental and physical powers we are able to transform these
thoughts and ideas into physical reality. So the human being
receives from the spiritual and transforms into the physical.
Our function in the creative process can be likened to the
function of a television set. The pictures we see on the screen
do not originate from the television set. The television set
receives signals that are transmitted from a television station
and then transforms these signals into observable pictures on
the television screen. In the case of the creative process,
thinking enables us to tune in to and receive thoughts, ideas
and concepts from God. These thoughts, ideas and concepts we
are then able to transform into physical (objective) reality
by means of our mental and physical powers.
To illustrate this process let us consider how a building
comes into existence. By thinking, an architect receives ideas
and concepts of the design of a building in his mind. By means
of his mental and physical abilities he transfers his mental
pictures of the design of this building to drawing on paper.
A builder, by interpreting this drawing, is able to construct
the building thereby bringing it into existence. And so what
has come from God as thoughts has eventually become a physical
Evidently, the human being is a co-worker with God in the
Your Gift of Creative Ability:
Human beings are endowed with creative ability. We have the
capacity to do things requiring intelligence. Our creative ability
is in the form of mental and physical powers. Since our physical
abilities are obvious, I shall focus attention on human mental
powers. Observation of human beings reveals that human mind
exhibits certain capabilities. These are:
This is the mental power by which a person presses forward
or pushes on with a task. It is the capacity of the mind to
sustain effort and get things done.
Power of Self Control:
This is the mental power by which a person can direct his
thoughts and actions and exercise control over his feelings
Power of Feeling:
This is the power of the mind by which a person is able to
perceive, experience or become conscious of physical and spiritual
phenomena through feeling.
This is the mental power we have of perceiving, learning,
understanding and knowing.
There are three aspects to human intelligence and these are:
- Intellect: This is the power of the mind to reason.
- Memory: This is the power of keeping facts in
the conscious mind and being able to call them back at will.
- Knowledge: The actual knowledge a person has
is an aspect of his intelligence.
All these mental powers are present in every normal human
being. These mental powers working together determine a personâ€™s
mental qualities and characteristics. Our mental powers together
with our physical abilities constitute our creative ability.
The extent, degree or level to which human beings are gifted
with each of these different mental powers varies from individual
to individual. No two individuals match each other in the extent
of endowment of every one of these mental powers. By this I
mean that no two individuals have the same measure of drive,
the same degree of self-control and the same depth and strength
of power of feeling; as well as have the same measure of intellect,
the same strength of memory and the same amount of knowledge.
However, people may be classed in broad groupings of level
of endowment of particular mental powers. For example, depending
on the extent to which a person is gifted intellectually, such
a person may be described in any one of the following ways:
as having low intellectual ability, as having average intellectual
ability, as having high intellectual ability or as having exceptional
Because human beings are endowed with the different mental
powers to different levels, degrees or extent, you find that
each human being has distinct mental qualities and characteristics.
Each individual has his or her special way of thinking and doing
things. This explains why human beings think and behave differently
from one another.
The fact that human beings are mentally different explains
why people have different interests and talents and so take
to different vocations, occupations or professions. It also
accounts for the fact that people occupy different positions
in life. Our physical abilities also play a part in determining
our choice of occupation or career and contribute to determining
our place in life.
There are two important things to note about our creative
ability. One is the fact that human ability is limited. No person
can accomplish all things and no person knows everything. Our
capability is finite. The other thing to note is that our mental
powers grow stronger as we use them until they develop to full
potential. This is similar to what happens when we use our muscles
vigorously or exercise them.
Let me restate at this point that the human mind is not some
sort of soul or spirit in our body. God is the only spirit in
existence. Our mind is only a mechanism of the brain which enables
us to relate to spiritual as well as physical existence. Our
mind is a creative device for transforming thoughts, ideas and
concepts from the spiritual realm into physical reality.
You are God's Instrument of Service:
Often when people can no longer handle a situation on their
own, when they reach the limit of their powers or resources,
they reach out to God. They pray and ask God for help. However,
people do not expect that God will appear physically to them
to render the help they need. Instead they approach other human
beings through whom they hope and expect that God will solve
For the purpose of illustration, consider a situation where
someoneâ€™s child suddenly falls ill. The childâ€™s condition is
so bad that this person prays to God to help restore the health
of his child. After asking God for help, he will not wait for
God to appear with a stethoscope and a bag of medicines. He
will instead take his sick child to hospital to see a doctor.
He expects that God will answer his prayers and restore the
health of his child through the doctor.
Let us consider another situation. Someone desires to embark
on a business venture but has difficulty in obtaining the necessary
funds to finance it. If he is the kind f person who believes
in God he will probably pray and ask God for help. After praying
he will not sit back and expect that money will fall from the
skies. Neither will he go in search of Godâ€™s bank in order to
obtain the needed funds. Instead he will go to financial institutions
run by human beings or approach people whom he thinks can satisfy
In effect, God serves human needs through people. From this
we can deduce the following moral principle: that when others
reach the limit of their ability or resources and reach out
to a person, it is that personâ€™s duty to do the best he can
to satisfy their need. The individual is, in reality, Godâ€™s
instrument of service to humanity.
Let us take a look at this issue from another angle. The
value of a thing lies in its usefulness to human beings. A can
of sand is worthless because it does not satisfy any human need.
No one will offer money in exchange for it. On the other hand,
a can of orange juice has value because it is useful to human
beings. The individual is endowed with creative ability. The
worth of this creative ability lies in its usefulness to people.
The worth of the individual lies in the use of his creative
ability to satisfy human needs.
It is therefore evident that service to humanity is the purpose
of the life of a human being. It is also clear that service
to humanity is what gives worth to a human beingâ€™s life.
The human being can be seen as a worker in Godâ€™s Creative
Establishment whose duty is to serve people. When we serve others
we receive consideration for our services. When we receive payment
for our services we are then able to meet our own needs. Our
first duty is to satisfy others after which we can think of
ourselves. â€˜Others firstâ€™ is the golden rule for creative and
God has endowed us with creative ability, not for us to use
for selfish ends but for us to use for service to humanity.
It is important to note that we do not serve the needs of
others only when they can offer consideration or repay us. When
we help, support or assist others we are actually contributing
to Godâ€™s creative work through them. This, in effect, means
that we are co-operating with or working with God. God is infinitely
good. One way or another, He will ensure that we receive adequate
consideration for whatever help, assistance or support we give
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