My daughter created an art piece for an art fair. It was based on the verse in Romans 12:2- Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. She created a collage of ads from magazines with diamonds and million dollar houses on the outside and then in the center of the canvas was a heart that she painted. In the middle of the heart were origami butterflies. I loved her interpretation of the verse in her art. In the process of making this art, she had to make a couple of changes to make her vision work and I suggested a couple of things in the process.
“Do you want to paint another layer to the heart or straighten the edges a bit?”
Her answer was, “No. I like it.” She said this with certainty. I could tell there was no turning back for her with this.
I wanted a little more perfection. However, I let her do what she thought it needed and dropped it. It was her masterpiece after all. Because I was focusing on the minor
imperfections, I was unsure how it would do at the art fair. However, I was proud of her just the same and loved what she came up with. She took it to the art fair and she got first place! And she actually got to participate in a second art fair 2 days later. She got first place again. Wow.
God spoke into my heart about my critical eye. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be art.
At that moment, I noticed that my heart needed to change. God breathed a word that brought me deep in thought. Masterpiece. We are God’s masterpieces and he has never asked for perfection from us. We are created in His image to be creatives, change makers, healers, entrepreneurs, parents, and so much more. The image of perfection is a reflection of the enemy. Digging deeper, the desire for perfection is caused from fear of man. Maybe it is to prove something to others, competition or even to boost our own self worth. Fear of man is the very pattern of this world that robs us of what God wants for us. Masterpieces can be messy but they are still art. I am so thankful that I don’t have to be perfect to be God’s masterpiece. And his work with me is never done.
Ephesians 2:10, NLT 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.
Psalm 139:14, ESV I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Romans 12:2 NIV Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.