Every year, countries throughout the world encourage their young people to take their good and creative ideas and invent something new. Recently, a girl named Erin from Prudhoe, UK, entered a contest called Little Inventors. Her invention, designed to reduce water and energy use during showers, was actually made into a real object!
Show students the following web page:
Use Less Water!
- Have you ever invented anything or had a great idea for an invention? What was the idea and how did you come up with it? (Accept all reasonable answers. Students may have dreamt up creative devices to make their lives easier, practical solutions to real problems, or silly ideas that are simply amusing. Share from your own experience if possible.)
- Maybe you’ve invented something yourself or created something via artistic expression, or otherwise. How does it feel to create something—to take an idea and bring it to life in a way that is unique or brand new? (Accept all reasonable answers. The process may be both frustrating and exhilarating. The end result usually brings delight, joy, and satisfaction.)
- What value is there in creating? (Accept all reasonable answers. Creation can bring joy and beauty, or it can evoke empathy or understanding. Creation can be useful, helpful, even life-saving. Creation means new life, new purpose. Although people can’t create something out of nothing like God can, putting something together to come up with something new is something amazing that people can do—it reflects the God who made us.)
Taking an idea and bringing it to life is extraordinary. A good creator puts thought and care into their work. Creators put a bit of themselves in their creations as well. It is their ideas and passion that causes them to create and so their creation will reflect the one who made it to some degree.
God is a good creator who loves and cares for His creation. As God’s creation, we reflect His image. Today we’ll take a look at the most precious of God’s creations—people! We’ll read the words of the psalmist that express our inventor God knowing us when we were just an idea, and forming us with care to bring us to life.