Intense love

Children's artwork on display at Hagia Sophia, Istanbul 2008

Children’s artwork on display at Hagia Sophia, Istanbul 2008

“Creative work carries with it a form of intense love.”Lin Yutang

Lin Yutang’s description of creativity is parallel to the Bible verse that tells us “God is love.” If God’s love has been made manifest in the boundless beauty and diversity of creation, it stands to reason that people made in God’s image would also feel the loving drive to be creative.  For some, this creativity will take familiar, almost hidden forms: the well-cooked meal, the sewn or knitted garment, the family photographs, the handmade card or carefully penned letter.  For others, creativity will produce the whimsical, attractive or masterly works that exist purely to engage the eye or feed the soul.  Whatever forms your creativity takes, honor this spirit in yourself and others.  We were born to create, and to delight in creation.

This post was originally published seven years ago today. You can view the original with comments here.


  1. I love that you are republishing your excellent posts!!!

    • Thank you! It’s an honor to have you join us here.

  2. mike

    When I think of creative people- you are on the list- but of course it is Raynard that comes to mind- the master cakemaker, who has inspired me to attempt a coconut poke care. I have made two double fudge bundt cakes for the fire station crew.

    • Wow, it’s a compliment on both counts – to be thought of as creative, and to be on the list with Raynard (who as you know is someone I think of as the James Joyce of this blog).

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