Messy Masterpieces

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Often, when I read a new book, I get so enthusiastic about it, I want the whole world to know how much I’m learning from it.  I want to share it.  I want others to read it.  I want to have long discussions about it. 

Soul Revolution is one of those books for me.

As I continue to read Soul Revolution, I am realizing that it is a ‘right book at the right time’ thing for me.

I’m reading the portion of the book where the author, John Burke, talks about our relationships with others - how judgmental we can be - and how we miss the amazing masterpiece creation of another because of the muddy mess that often envelopes them.

And we judge others because of it.

Often quite harshly.

We don’t seem to be able to look past the faults and mistakes of others and see the wonder of the person that God created them to be.

Isn’t that an amazing thought?  Every one of us, every person we meet, no matter how downfallen they are, is a potential masterpiece with God’s help. 

God doesn’t play favorites.  We are all His masterpieces - just waiting for His touch to clean up the mess of our lives.

(If you’d like to understand this more fully, I strongly suggest you get Soul Revolution and read more about this concept.)

Yet, something hit home as I read this - in the book, it’s applied to those we relate to - yet, I could see myself in this as well.

And I guess this masterpiece that is me, dwells on the mess and the mud, much more than I see that God created something amazingly wonderful in me.

It’s even hard to type those words.

Here I am, chair-bound for the most part, weighing more than I ever have in my life (and hating it), barely able to keep up with things and living in chaos - and I dare consider myself a masterpiece? (I’d hate to tell you all the negative things that come bursting to the surface during my own self-talk.)

But, it’s true.

I need not only to look beyond the muddy mess splattered on the lives of others and see them for who God intended them to be, I need to be kind enough to do that with myself.

And, so do you.  

You are a masterpiece, no matter the mess of your life around you right now.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

And, as the old saying goes … God doesn’t make junk!

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