Friday May 5, 2017 Masterpiece

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.  Ephesians 2:10

I attended an Awards event last night where two young women I love were nominated.  The competition was extremely tough because there were some outstanding candidates in each category.  Looking around the room reminded me that God was smiling down on each of these beautiful souls who were all doing the good things that God had created for them to do.  No one can create a masterpiece by accident.  God plants a desire and a talent and then allows each person to hone their skills and add their personal touches to the canvas which is their life’s work.

An artist is often commissioned to create a work for a patron.  The Sistine Chapel is a perfect example of a masterpiece that an artist was paid to create.  It does not lesson the beauty to know that Michelangelo labored and was paid for 4 years leaving us with his amazing talent to be remembered and viewed for centuries.  The women who were honored are making a difference in the professions and the lives of many by using their talents in extraordinary ways.  For many of them, what they do may not seem extraordinary or something worthy of recognition.  It is who they are.  It is what they do.  But it is always a wonderful moment to be appreciated and recognized.

Using the creative gifts that God has blessed each of us with, is never easy.  Sometimes, the work is hard, maybe even impossible because of all the negatives that exist in this world.  Not enough money, interference by government regulations or public opinion, even weather can stop progress in some circumstances but when achievements are finally realized and goals are finally accomplished, it is time to celebrate.  I was blessed to be there to join the party.

Lord, I know You are patiently awaiting the accomplishment of all the good things that I was made to do.  I thank You for the encouragement and the opportunity to be a part of Your masterpiece.  Help me to embrace my creativity and be aware of what is in me to share with the world.  Thank You for the Sisters in my life who are Your Masterpieces. 

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