Imagine two children playing together. The one child is focused, slowly placing one card upon another in his attempt to form a house of cards. The other child is doing nothing but watch the sweat drip from his peer’s brow as he struggles to keep a steady but creative hand. After twenty minutes, the house is complete, and the builder cracks a big smile over his accomplishment. Just when he does this, the other child, with a wave of the hand, smacks the entire house down and undoes twenty minutes of work within mere seconds.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” -Theodore Roosevelt
It is difficult to create, because creation has lasting satisfaction. Lasting satisfaction requires a lot of effort, and it may even span many future generations. It is easy to destroy something, and destruction is only satisfying for a moment. The length of satisfaction one receives from creating is multiplied by the amount of time and effort it took to create. However, the satisfaction one receives from destruction only lasts the amount of time it took to destroy.
The child who smacks the house of cards down in one second gets one second of satisfaction. However, the other child may build the world’s biggest house of cards, get featured in the Guinness World Records, and live with his accomplishment for the rest of his (and his children’s) life.
Creation is inherent within the heart of every human being. All of us have a desire to create something, and it is part of what it means to be made in the image of the Creator. However, for every one man that goes out of his way to build a bridge, there are three men sitting around criticizing how he builds it, seeking to tear the man down with his bridge.
May we learn to be creators rather than destroyers, that we may be obedient to goodness rather than evil.