A Crafter’s Mind

Posted on September 25, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

As I’ve done more and more scrapbooking and other types of crafting in the last couple years, I’ve realized that people who do these things have one major quality in common: they are able to look at something and see it for what it could be, not for what it is. A scrapbooker will look at a shoe box of pictures (that would stress most people out) and think of all the beautiful albums that can be made from those pictures. And those boxes of saved movie tickets, brochures from events, newspaper clippings, etc. that most people would just see as old clutter that needs to be thrown away? A serious scrapbooker would see this as a gold mine of things to enhance their albums. You even get to the point where you are thinking of what you want the scrapbook to look like (including what type of paper you want to use and everything!) as you are taking the picture or attending the event. And you start saving things on purpose! 🙂

EVERYTHING must be scrapbooked! :-)

And if you’ve spent anytime on Pinterest, you’ll see that crafters see potential for projects in all kinds of objects that most people wouldn’t think twice about throwing away, like cereal boxes and paper towel and toilet paper holders. Only someone with a crafter’s mindset would be able to turn those toilet paper holders into this:

Family tree from toilet paper rolls The leaves are made from toilet paper rolls.

As I thought about this, I’ve realized how we are blessed to have a God who is the ultimate “Crafter.” He sees us not for what we are in our flawed, sinful state, but for who we could be if we just let Him into our lives.

He created us with so much potential and that’s what He sees when He looks at us. He never gives up on us. He will go to all lengths to rid us of everything that hinders this potential, and mold us and shape us into the person He created us to be.

You may have heard this verse a hundred times, but maybe you’ll see it in a new way in the light of this thought of God being the ultimate “Crafter.” He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)



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4 Responses to “A Crafter’s Mind”

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I started reading this thinking, hmmm, this is quite a departure from Trina’s usual commentary on how God works in our lives, but then you so skillfully wove Him back into the crafting conversation. You are a delight, with insight beyond your youth. Thank you for this lovely post!

I’m sneaky! Ha ha! 🙂 Thanks!!!

I love this. You really know how to turn every day things into spiritual lessons.

Thanks, Mom! 🙂

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