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Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Picture this. You are walking through an art gallery full of priceless masterpieces. Every one is unique, and each one carries its own form of beauty. Each piece tells a different story. Some have been damaged by time while others seem untarnished.

As you walk through, you begin to critique each piece. You begin to marvel and wonder how something so beautifully and wonderfully made could carry such flaws. You stop by a particular piece and begin to examine it, voicing your opinion about how this work of art could or should have been created better. You hear as others voice their concerns about the art, and you begin to notice the imperfections they see as well. Their opinion becomes your opinion. You move onto the next piece, as the previous piece is no longer perfect or worthy of your time.

As you walk away, it is then that you realize that this piece of art you were so harshly criticizing was in fact your very own reflection in a mirror. The work of art was you; the Artist.... God.

Isaiah 64:8 "Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the
potter; we are the work of your hand."

We are the workmanship of God. We truly are His masterpieces. It is each unique look or personality trait that makes us priceless. It makes us who we are - the person God created us to be. Who are we to judge God's work? Who are we to throw dirt on His craftsmanship? Yet, this is exactly what we do when we judge others and ourselves.

If we are going to walk through God's art gallery and notice the flaws in His sculptures, we need to put our suggestions in the suggestion box instead of criticizing each piece. In simpler terms.... we should pray to the Creator. He is the only one who can make the changes anyway. Only He knows how He intends for this piece to turn out. Besides, do you think He would have paid the highest price for all of us if we weren't worth it?

FYI: I am now Mrs. Ryan Bayliss. The big day was September 8th. I will tell you all about it. We are currently on our honeymoon in Mexico! I'll talk to you ladies when I get home... to my new place!

I'd love for you to visit me at my personal blog: In Pursuit of Proverbs 31

In Pursuit of Proverbs 31

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Anonymous Nancy the Romancechick said...

What a great post and exactly what I needed to hear! Why are we so eager to believe the worst about ourselves but not the best???

September 11, 2007 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Great post. Congrats on your wedding, may you be sweetly blessed.

September 12, 2007 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Congratulations on your wedding! Enjoy your honeymoon and we look forward to hearing all about the wedding when you return. Thanks for the great post today!

September 12, 2007 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

Well said...this an area that affects so many women on such a deep level...

And Congratulations, Mrs. Bayliss!

Holy time get one of us to fill in for you..Are you MAD bloggin' on your honeymoon?? (I'm giggling here, I totally would have been too :))

September 13, 2007 at 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Lynn said...


Beautiful word picture. So well written and poignant.

PS. Congrads Mrs. Bayless

Blessings, Lynn

September 14, 2007 at 2:54 PM  

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