Masterpiece in the Making

Our home has resembled an art studio lately. A local dentist office has asked our daughters to prepare a substantial amount of artwork to be displayed on the walls and they’re busy creating.

I admire those who can paint. It’s a gift. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stared at a blank piece of canvas with paintbrush in hand and thought, surely the blank canvass is prettier than anything I can paint. I recently read a quote from the book, Art and Fear, that says, “Making art provides uncomfortably accurate feedback about that gap that inevitably exists between what you intended to do, and what you did.”

I’ve never considered myself an artist in the visual art sense, although I can relate to the quote. Not necessarily with painting—but with writing. That’s my art. I’m not perfect. Nothing I do is perfect. Nothing I say is perfect. Nothing I write is perfect. No matter how many times I edit a piece of work, I will inevitably find more mistakes. The question is, do I take the risk to create, even though I know it will never be perfect?

Satan wants my imperfections to immobilize me. God wants to use them to draw me closer to Him.

An artist must have a level of vulnerability in order to create. Not only are we critics to our own work—but the world is full of critics. It’s difficult enough to draft something you hope to be beautiful, knowing there are flaws, but to make it public is even scarier. Why? Because it is scary to brave the disappointments of others.

 Lysa Terkeurst, in her book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, asks the question, “How many times have you let imperfections cause you to be too hard on yourself and too harsh with others?”

She took this attitude with her into an art show where she was able to view the works of various artists. She determined to arrive at the show with a heart of compassion for others, recognizing that, “The way we show up for a painting is a direct reflection of the way we will show up for people.” She said, “Regardless of who they are and how they are, there is only one way to stand before paintings and people. With compassion. That doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or everything they do. But it does mean you value each of them as a person. A person who needs compassion.”

The Bible tells us in Colossians 3:12, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

Compassion is such a beautiful word. The only way to truly come to grips with compassion is to recognize that all of us are imperfect. Rather than criticize, what if we approached one another with compassion? Comfort? Encouragement?

Ultimately, in order to respond this way, we need humility. In order to show compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience, I believe we have to be immersed in humility. Recognizing that there are no perfect painters, no perfect authors, no perfect workers, no perfect spouses, no perfect friends, no perfect people—including ourselves.

It takes guts to present your work to the world for its scrutiny. And that work can be anything; your art, your writing, your job, your ministry… you. Mostly because we all know how painful it is to be ripped apart for our imperfections.

Instead of holding on to the ways we are not good enough, what if we found delight in what was right? What if we saw others through that lens? “Anytime we feel not good enough we deny that powerful truth that we are a glorious work of God in progress. We are imperfect because we are unfinished” (Terkeurst, 2018). Others are imperfect because they too, are unfinished.

Terkurst said, “What gives power to all that I fear others are thinking and accusing and saying isn’t the people themselves. It isn’t even the enemy. I’m the one who decides if their statements have power over me or not.” Whether or not I allow the fear of disappointing others or the fear of their criticism immobilize me, is up to me. When I walk in the knowledge of the Truth—who I am in God’s eyes, I can walk boldly, wherever He has called me to walk.

I am God’s masterpiece. You are God’s masterpiece. We are all unique. Psalm 139:14 say, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Rather than focusing on our imperfections or the imperfections of others, let’s focus on this. We are God’s masterpieces and He is still working on us. Don’t dismiss it. Don’t dismiss your ability to shine.  

God is writing something beautiful through our lives. Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and display our art.


This is the day which the LORD has made


“This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.
It’s an easy verse to remember. Less than 20 words. And yet, those twenty words are packed with meaning. God makes an incredible statement and two commands in that little verse.
His statement, while obvious, isn’t always easy to remember. God made each day. Every morning that I wake up is a morning God made… it belongs to Him. Every afternoon is an afternoon God made… it belongs to Him. You get the point.

Within that day, which the LORD has made, He has given us two commands. First: rejoice. Second: Be glad in it.

I’ll be honest, some mornings I wake up with a deep sigh, somewhat overwhelmed with all I have to do, wondering how in the world I’m going to get it all done, and simply put… I’m not rejoicing and not real glad. It’s then I have to put my morning into perspective. I know, from personal experience, that when I rejoice – when I take the time to praise my Heavenly Father for His many blessings and rejoice in His love for me, that it drastically changes my perspective for the day. I also know that when I make a choice to be glad in the day, I’ve determined to be a cup half full kind of person and I end up having a full cup kinda day.

That said, I was thinking about how the knowledge that each day is from God and that we are called to rejoice and be glad in it affects my family. When my children see me rejoicing and giving thanks to my Father, it affects them. For one, it’s an example to them. Secondly, they enjoy me a lot more when I’ve taken the time to rejoice in my Father’s love for me. I’m a better parent when I’ve put my day in perspective.

As a believer, when I’ve put my day in its proper perspective, I can use it to bring God glory. No matter what I’ve got planned for that day, no matter what day of the week it is, when I remember that my day belongs to God – it affects how I use it.

So, how do I use my day? God gives us clear direction in His Word as to how He wants us to live our day. He tells us to train up our children in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it, He tells us to love one another, He tells us to encourage one another, He tells us to let our lights so shine before men that they might see our Father in heaven, He tells us to forgive, He tells us to hide His Word in our hearts… His Word is loaded with ways He wants us to spend the day He has made.

As we look around and see His creation all around us, let us remember that this day belongs to Him and He has a plan for it.