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The Creation Story Three Inspirational Tips from God on How to Be Successful
GENESIS 1:1 TO 2:3
KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)
WORDS OF GOD IN RED
Get More Out of Life with 3 Simple yet Effective Lessons from God
What better role model is there than God to teach us how to make things happen in our lives? After all, He is behind the greatest life-building project known in the history of the world: the creation of life. So what can we learn from God's approach to life and getting things done? What can the Almighty teach us that we can apply to our lives today so we can make the most of ours?
Plenty, to be sure. And, while there is an unimaginable amount we can learn from God, we'll try to keep it brief here. This article will outline three simple, yet practical lessons you can apply to your life to get more from it. We will learn these lesson through the retelling of the biblical story of God's creation of the world. This Bible story runs from Genesis 1:1 to 2:3, as shown below. Using this memorable story, the three key ideas are reinforced and easily recalled.
The three lessons we'll learn through the Scriptures below are:
- Set a goal that inspires you.
- Start with simple tasks first.
- Get plenty of rest.
And the best part? These are all really simple yet timeless lessons which have withstood the test of time. So simple, anyone can follow them. So timeless that they've been around since the beginning of time. Better yet, as we relate them to the story, you'll be able to recall and apply them yourself far into the future.
Lesson One: Set a Goal That Inspires You
The first lesson is to set a goal you are personally inspired by. Not somebody else's goal, but one which is truly and originally your own, specific to your own tastes and desires. A goal is a desired result or outcome that you envision, plan and commit to achieving. Don't worry about how realistic it is. It's crucial that the goal is one you are inspired by yourself—regardless of what others might think—so you'll be personally motivated to achieve it.
God's goal was to create the universe. And this is no small task. Yet most tellingly, it was God's own spirit that was moved to create the world. In only the second verse of the entire Bible (Genesis 1:2), it says, “the Spirit of God moved” before the creation of the world began. The original Hebrew Scripture word for “Spirit” is “וְר֣וּחַ” which has a variety of meanings including “breath” and “mind”. Yet, we can clearly see that the God's Spirit moves before the various steps of creation begin to take place. In other words, God was moved or inspired Himself to create the world before He made it happen.
It may be interesting to note that the origin of the word inspire comes from the Latin word inspirare which means “to breathe or blow into”, similar to the Hebrew word from the Bible just mentioned.
So what's the bottom line here? If you are personally moved by and inspired to work towards a particular goal, you'll be far more likely to achieve it. On the other hand, if you are uninspired or are pursuing some goal based on the wants or desires of someone besides yourself, you're far less likely to follow through and succeed.
Lesson Two: Start Simple
The second lesson is so easy. It is literally about starting simple. Or, put another way: simply starting. Think of baby steps. Focusing on one step at a time.
Let's take a closer look at how God does this. When He starts His big project of building the universe, He begins with basic, simple steps. Then He works His way towards increasing complexity. Yes, even the Almighty, with His infinite powers, completes bigger projects in steps. And, as we'll see, God also has a definite order to the way he does things.
A breakdown of the seven days of the creation story is as follows (follow links to go to that day in the Holy Scripture below):
On this first day, God completes the most basic and fundamental step of all: creating light. In His very first words recorded in the Bible He says, “Let there be light:”. Pretty simple, right? Well, it's actually an unimaginably complex process. But, as we'll see, this is actually a relatively simple step compared with what follows.
Day Two (1:6–8): Separation of the Waters between Heaven and Earth
Now that we have a daytime and a nighttime, God progresses to the next, more complex step. Namely: creating the heavens, the planet Earth and another key element to supporting life besides light: water. So now we've progressed from the creation of one element to three more,
Day Three (1:9–13): Separation of Dry Land and Water, Plants
On the third day, God separates land from bodies of water and introduces the first form of life to live on earth: plants. This is the first living thing on our early planet. Life on earth represents an even more complex progression that God is moving towards.
The fourth day is when God creates the celestial objects. Things are definitely getting bigger and more interesting. And what about life on other planets? Only time will tell if this was part of His design or not. Either way, the possibilities God can produce are pretty awesome to imagine.
God creating the sun and moon. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome by Michelangelo Image
The first animals are created. Smaller things than heavenly bodies, yes, but these organisms are also much more complex than inanimate objects. And they are part of an intricately detailed ecosystem that will support what is to come next.
Day Six (1:24–31): Creation of Terrestrial Animals and Mankind in His Image
Talk about saving the best for last. After five days of creating increasingly detailed and sophisticated things in the world, God carries out His most ambitious task of all: creating man in His own image.
Now, take a moment to consider this: if God created you modeled after Himself, in His image, doesn't it logically follow that you should possess—indeed, be blessed—by the ability to follow through on your life mission? Should you not be endowed by the Creator with the same powers to pursue your own destiny in life? Did not God, in all His infinite intelligence, put you here on earth for a reason?
After God has created the heavens and the earth and all that lives on earth, He takes a break from His monumental task. And this leads us to our final lesson...
Lesson Three: Get Plenty of Rest
The fact that God rested on the seventh day says volumes about staying productive. If you want to produce, you need to rest and recuperate.
If the Supreme Being needs to rest, it follows that we need a lot more rest. This day of rest God blesses and makes a holy day. God gave us this day so we can recharge ourselves to have the energy to complete our goals. Thankfully, Sunday is now celebrated once a week throughout most of the world as a day to relax and refuel for the coming week.
Conclusion: Look to God to Succeed Yourself
There you have it. Three, easy lessons you can begin immediately applying to your life to begin achieving your most important goal today. If you follow the model exemplified by God in this story, using Him as your role model, you increase your odds of success dramatically. Remember to set goals that inspire you and that motivate you to pursue them. Start simple before trying to take on more complex tasks. And get plenty of rest along the way.
God put us on earth for a reason. It is our birthright to live up to the God-given powers He has blessed us with. So, go for it.
May God be with you as a light and inspiration along the way to achieving your most meaningful dreams.
End of article commentary on ‘The Creation Story’. Below is the full story Scripture.
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The Creation Story, Full Scripture
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
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