One the principles that Julia Cameron expresses in The Artist's Way is the following:
"Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God."
I was meditating on that this morning, and I decided it's like when Michael gives me a Christmas gift. If I politely say thank you and then put it in a drawer and never use it, well, he will conclude fairly quickly that I didn't much like whatever it was and not give me the same item in the future.
If, on the other hand, I use it constantly and say how much I enjoy it, I'm communicating to him that he understands me so well and that he has added something of value to my life.
In the first case, Michael feels disappointment, and in the second case, he feels pleased . . . and our relationship benefits.
I'm guessing the dynamics are similar with God and his gift giving.
What do you think?