For us, as creative types, a copyright is our best friend. We have exclusive, legal rights to our work. Our creations are protected; they can't be borrowed, changed, or stolen.
You wouldn't expect copyright to be an issue for a Shuttle experiment but it can be. For one of my projects, the scientist wanted to use questionnaires he'd developed to monitor group dynamics. How does the relationship between team members change over time?
Say, for instance, a shuttle crew. Commander, Pilot, Payload Specialist, and a few crew members. Confined in the Shuttle for 10 days or on the International Space Station for several months. The success of the mission depends on the crew getting along and working smoothly together.
But we ran into a hitch. NASA wanted the experiment done during the mission but they wanted to change the format of the questionnaires. The scientist protested, loudly. He'd used these for years and he knew they worked. He created them; no one else had the right to change them.
The struggle went on. Eventually, the scientist - the creator - won.
You and I - we are copyrighted creations. God created each one of us uniquely and then He recreated our minds, hearts, and lives when we believed in Jesus as our Savior.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
- The past can't come lumbering in and try to reshape His creation.
- Old failures can't insert themselves into new lives and alter His future plans.
- Fear can't weave into our new hearts and rewrite the truth God has inscribed there.
God protects our new lives. We are sealed in Him.
[He] set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:22
We walk in
assurance of our newness,
confidence of our future, and
certainty of God's truth.
We are copyrighted!