Creative God, Colorful Us • Trillia Newbell

with paintings by Chase Williamson

February 2021 • Paperback • 978-0-8024-2418-1

God could have made us all exactly the same, but he didn’t. And our differences are good!

As his children, those called by God to belong to His family, we can actually use our differences to help each other. Here’s some more great news: There are no rules about how we look or sound to be in His family. We have a delightfully different family on purpose.

Kids, somehow, already know this to be true.

This short, colorful book (written with grade-schoolers in mind) will share the truth of God’s Word with them. The truth about how we were made with differences, how we sinned, how God rescued us, and how – if we understand that God’s diverse creation will be together in Heaven – it should motivate us to love one another on earth!

“Every person, from every background, no matter what their skin color is or what they look like, no matter whether they can walk, run, or crawl…every person is made by God and every person is made equally. God doesn’t have favorites! Isn’t that such good news?”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Trillia Newbell is the author of several books including A Great Cloud of WitnessesSacred EnduranceIf God is For UsFear and Faith, and the children’s books Creative God, Colorful Us and God’s Very Good Idea. When she isn’t writing, she’s encouraging and supporting other writers as an Acquisitions Editor at Moody Publishers. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, and they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN. 

CONTENT PREVIEW

God’s creation is so diverse. God could have made us all the exact same, but He didn’t. And our differences are good. The Bible tells us that our differences help each other.

Think about the human body. We have arms, legs, eyes, a nose, a head, ears, and all sorts of body parts to make up one body. And each body part does something different. Our eyes are not like our mouth. Our feet are not like our elbows. Our nose is not like our knees. And that’s a good thing! Can you imagine how silly you would look if your whole body was made up of just one body part, like the ear? Thankfully, God gave us different body parts that each do different things. 

The church is the same way. The church is made up of many people, and these people are not all the same. The church is made up of people with all kinds of different gifts.  Some people can sing. Some people love leading. Some enjoy teaching. Some people like making meals for others. Some people love to help. God is so creative that we can’t even list all the different ways He has made us!

Can you think of ways God has made you? What are things that you like to do? God created you like that!

God’s family isn’t only diverse because of the different ways we look and speak; we are also different in what we like to do and in the spiritual gifts God has given us. Do you see how wonderful our differences are? We can celebrate how God has made us.

But we have a problem.

We don’t always get along. Our differences aren’t sinful, but the way we treat each other because of our differences can be. Because of sin we sometimes dislike a person simply because of the color of their skin. Because of sin we are sometimes jealous of people who have gifts and talents that are not like ours. Because of sin we may play favorites with people. When we play favorites with other people, this is called the sin of partiality. Partiality is sinful favoritism. It means leaving others out or ignoring them because of your favoritism. Because favoritism can be a big problem in our friendships, let’s spend more time thinking about it. 

You know who doesn’t ever show favoritism? God!

Because we are made in the image of God, we can be fair, we can be loving, and we should not show favoritism. What are some ways we sometimes show favoritism?

1 – Leaving someone out of a game to seem cool to our friends.
2 – Sitting with certain people at lunch and leaving out others.
3 – Not speaking to certain people because of how they look. 

I am not saying that we can’t have good friends. We can have good friends. I have a few friends I’d call my best friends. We can hang out with those good friends. We can spend a lot of time with those friends. The only time our friendships are a problem is if we leave people out because we don’t like that they are different from us. That is partiality. We would be so sad if someone didn’t include us. And aren’t we so happy God includes us in His family and that He doesn’t have favorites? We are all God’s favorites!

We’ve talked about how God made us all different. But did you know that we are also the same?

We are much more the same than we are different.

We are all made in the image of God.
We all sin.
We all need forgiveness.
Jesus forgives all who ask Him.
God the Father is the Father of all people who know Jesus.
Everyone who knows and loves Jesus is our brother and sister.
We all have different gifts and talents that God gives us.

We are all created by God, made in the image of God, and rescued by Jesus. We are the same! Sin confuses us and makes us forget how we are beautifully different and wonderfully the same.

This is another reason why it’s so silly to be unkind to other people – they are more like us than they are different. We are all equal. We are all people. 

ENDORSEMENTS

Many of us aren’t exactly sure how to talk to the children in our life about diversity from a biblical lens. In Creative God, Colorful Us, Trillia delightfully and compellingly breaks it all down while inviting her young readers to process and apply the book’s lessons through creative, fun, and practical activities. This book, which so clearly presents the gospel and its exciting, far-reaching implications, should be available at every church. I hope it reaches the hands of grade-school children everywhere.
– Quina Aragon
Author of Love Made: A Story of God’s Overflowing, Creative Heart and Love Gave: A Story of God’s Greatest Gift

Creative God, Colorful Us is a beautiful guide to both the gospel and its life-giving call to be a part of God’s diverse and colorful family! Trillia’s writing is clear, joyfully invitational, and will be a wonderful resource that I’ll use with my own children as we learn what it means to be a part of God’s kingdom that’s coming. This is a book I wish I could have read as a young believer because it presents the invitation to celebrate the beauty and diversity of every tribe, nation, and tongue. Creative God, Colorful Us is a clear and lovely presentation of the gospel and its call to acknowledge and enjoy the diversity within the family of God.
– Ellie Holcomb
Award-winning singer/songwriter and author of Don’t Forget to Remember and Who Sang the First Song?

In Creative God, Colorful Us, Trillia guides readers through a joyful exploration of God’s handiwork, showing how He created all of earth’s people delightfully diverse. This book will help parents and Kids’ Ministry leaders build up a generation of children who see each other as fellow image-bearers worthy of honor. Full of wonder and joy, this book is a valuable gift for today’s Christian families with a heart for truth and justice.
– Dorena Williamson
Speaker and bestselling author of ColorFull