(Inside: Noticing the incredible impact you make in the ordinary.)
There is something so lovely about being called God’s masterpiece. God-an-artist resonates with me.
My sister-in-law is an artist. She knits, slip stitches and purls skeins into hats, scarves, and shawls. She took me to a trendy downtown yarn shop. I followed her around nursing a Starbucks that made me feel like I was artistic and trendy, too. I watched her finger yarn types, match colors, skim through patterns, examine examples, carry around skeins and then return some until her chosen materials matched her vision. Then, on Christmas morning, I opened the loveliest of boot stockings, a hat, and a scarf. I could envision her carefully knitting and pulling out uncooperative loops with an artist’s eye that sees the path to her masterpiece. I wear this homemade gift differently, with more sacredness then my machine-made-impersonal-cookie-cutter hat.
As daughters of God, we are His masterpieces; knitted together by His hands.
“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.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT)
Often, we wake up to ordinary life and don’t think of ourselves as a masterpiece. Yet, what if we do? What if we look at the same hands that poured the bowl of cereal as a tool to bring good to this world? What if we are aware of the impact God can make through us at our jobs, in our homes, with our friends, in the ordinary? What if we wear our average day differently? We see it as holy, full of sacred moments. Not necessarily in-a-package-with-a-bow sort of way, but as unique people created by an artistic God who can use all of us (even our quirks) to shine His light in the dark.
God’s masterpiece, created to do good.
Who said the ordinary wasn’t extraordinary?
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.