a beautiful truth
Hello blog readers,
I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful high school program recently, hosted by the schools performing arts department. Singing, acting, dancing, script reading… I was so proud of all the students who worked so hard. Their efforts paid off in an outstanding production. I was nearly brought to tears by some of the performances… which might support this quote by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy: “Art is the activity by which a person, having experienced an emotion, intentionally transmits it to others.”
If the work of hard-working high school students had such an effect on me, I can only imagine the emotion I might experience if I witnessed a masterpiece by a skilled artist. Have you ever seen, in person, a true masterpiece? How do you know if you’ve seen one?
Webster‘s defines masterpiece as a “supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.” It’s also defined as “a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship” … “an artist’s or craftsman’s best piece of work.”
People who have witnessed an authentic masterpiece say the experience never leaves you. Philanthropist Paul Mellon once said, “There is no intellectual or emotional substitute for the authentic, the original, the unique masterpiece.”
Let me encourage you with a beautiful truth. You absolutely have seen a masterpiece in your lifetime. According to God’s word, it’s you.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Not only did He make you His masterpiece — He gave you purpose. Your life is important, and you have a specific work to do. That should make anyone smile. God can’t lie…. it’s impossible. He called you His masterpiece, so it has to be true. What a gift! It’s who you are… and He prepared a good work for you long ago.
Trying to figure out what your work is might feel overwhelming, but God gives us direction on how to do it: Delight yourself in Him.
(NIV) The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;
(NLT) The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
(NAS) The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;
Delight yourself in the Lord. Be happy to spend time with Him, seek Him, get to know Him. If you need help doing that, pray for Him to be the desire of your heart. Pray asking Him to help you love Him more. As you live your life loving Him, and treasuring your relationship with Him, He will work all things for your good. He does that for all who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. My prayer for you is that you know the plans He has for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. In Jesus name, Amen.