Have you ever noticed that some of the most famous, most valuable works of art are not perfect? Actually the imperfections seem to add to their overall worth. We praise the Venus de Milo as one of the most famous Greek pieces of arts in history and the chick is missing arms!
Imagine yourself on display every day. People come into your life and at first you seem beautiful and they praise the Creator for making you. Youíre kind, youíre generous, youíre compassionate, and for awhile they marvel in your presence. But as time goes by, they notice that youíre missing something or you have too much of something else; youíre sensitive, but too sensitive; youíre ambitious but too demanding. All of a sudden they back away and cock their heads to the side as they try to figure out if you really are a beautiful piece of work, or just a broken statue.
Now imagine yourself staring at Venus de Milo and demanding she grow arms so that she could be your idea of perfect. It would be like, well, talking to a rock. The rock is not going to change just because you want it to, just like you canít change just because people want you to, and people will not change just because you want them to.
There are flaws within you that were not part of your original design; but came with the wear and tear of the different seasons and patterns in your life. Itís up to you to work through those things and learn how to minimize them so they donít overshadow your more becoming qualities. But there are traits in you that to the God that made you are essential to your being. He would not change those things about you for the world; instead He provides us instructions in His word on how to use those qualities to bring Glory to His name and in turn attract people who despite your flaws will still see you for what you are; a work of art because they know who made you.
God says, ďI am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.Ē Isaiah 44:2. This means that even before your parents thought of you, God was working on you. He was designing you, molding you, providing you with the inherent tools you would need to make a positive impact on the world around you. Yes, you are imperfect, but God did not make any mistakes when he made you. And the person observing and dissecting you in this earthly museum, well they have flaws too; perhaps some of the same flaws they see in you. Some things you can improve upon, but some things will remain the same.
Do yourself a favor; accept yourself and others for who they are. Embrace the positive qualities in people, and the things they lack wonít seem so significant. If anything, it will make them all the more marvelous. Donít play God and demand a change in others that you canít make in yourself.
I leave you with this wise quote: ďI yam what I yam and I yam what I yam that I yamĒ says Popeye the Sailor Man.
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Thank you for this article. Is that not the essence of who we are, each made as a unique person by our Creator. And with the help of the Holy Spirit we are being changed every day to become more like Jesus.