If "IT" Doesn't Exist, Create "IT"!!!

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV)

Recognizing that life is “not fair” is a developmental milestone.  The inequity associated with the availability of opportunities can sometimes be obvious.  Many times, it is not.  When you find yourself at this junction, there are two choices.  You can allow the injustice and “unfairness” to swallow you or if “it” doesn’t exist, you can create “it”.  What is “it”“It” can be the network that you don’t have, that you need to secure that next job or organizational role.  “It” can be the collection of advocates who need to vocalize support for you in rooms that you don’t inhabit. “It” can be the actual opportunity to actualize your potential or show what you can do.  Whatever “it” is, if non-existent, you can create “it”.

So, what do you need to do that?  I am so glad you asked. Over my 30 plus year career in the corporate world, I have experienced my share of misfortune and disappointment – not receiving the promotion I was expecting; not being selected for the role for which I applied; not being selected for the prestigious development program.  Any one of these disappointments could have resulted in deeply negative feelings and a sense of defeat.  What I share below is a strategy I have developed over the years that has prevented negativity and resulted in an attitude that is resilient by default.  To frame it, I use the acrostic C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N.

The God of the universe is the original creator.  The C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. framework uses his pattern, established during his creation and population of the earth (Genesis 1:3 – 2:1), to help us build the “it” that we don’t have. Over the next 7 weeks, we will expand on each of the elements of C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N.


Set the Context.  Situations are neither ALL good nor bad. They are a mix of both. 

Genesis 1:3-53 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.


Engage your Rational mind to separate thoughts and feelings (they aren’t the same!).  Allow       for separate spaces to interact with these two aspects of self.

Genesis 1:6 -8 –  6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.


Exercise judgment in separating thoughts into two categories – (1) within your control,

(2) outside of your control.


For those thoughts that are within your control, what are the Actions that you need to take?

 Genesis 1:9-13 - 9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.


Consult with trusted others to determine the proper Timing and content of your action plan.

Genesis 1:14-19 14And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.


Include the God of the visible and invisible as you present your action plan to him in prayer.  He will optimize it.

 Genesis 1:20-23 20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.


Occupy whatever space you are currently in.  Do your best with whatever opportunity you currently have or in whatever situation you are in! Don’t lie down and die!

 Genesis 1:24-31 24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.


Stay Near to God and others. Don’t abandon community.  Don’t lose confidence in God’s goodness and his ability to create it for you!

Genesis 2:2-3 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

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