Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Ultimate Designer

Ok, I admit it! I LOVE HGTV!! I love all the DIY shows and House Hunters and Flip or Flop. You name it…I could watch these shows 24/7.  If you’ve been around for anytime at all…you are probably no stranger to repurposing furniture, taking something old and making it fresh and new again!! It’s absolutely inspiring to watch.
It never ceases to amaze me how someone can see past all the imperfections of an item and can visualize what it CAN be instead of what it is.  A whole new purpose can be seen in objects.  Something that was once trash, an old beat up shutter could be the perfect jewelry display holder! Something that was discarded as unusable and not effective anymore, like an old rake, could be re-purposed and hung by the back door as a dog leash holder and look as cute as can be!  I’m sure many of you have plenty of things in your home that you are re-purposing yourself!!   You looked past the imperfections of an item and cleaned it up and called those imperfections character! You saw in an item purpose for something it wasn’t made for…but you could see past its current condition make a new purpose!! It’s SO inspiring!

Honestly though, it’s not a new thing…to take something broken and make it beautiful. It’s not a fad to find trash and turn it into treasure!! I would say... 
God has been the ultimate designer since the beginning of time!!
 He has taken people who should have or could have been thrown away or discarded because of sins, failures, & mistakes, and re-purposed them to new meaning and purpose!! He has awakened people for generations to their original designs!!
What is absolutely amazing…is that all the things in our lives that we see as imperfections…the things we think would make us not good enough or unworthy, are the things that God sees and says “NO!! THIS is what makes you the person I have created you to be!!”  None of us are perfect! We all have flaws and major imperfections.  He’s working on us daily!
Sometimes I think how in the world can I be 45 years old and still see myself as lacking in so many areas?!? I look at what I “should be” from a flawed perspective.  Yes…I DO compare myself to others. I know I shouldn’t.  But I do!  If we’re honest, many of us still do! We’re all works in progress!!  But when I do that and compare myself, I’m not looking at myself from the master designer’s perspective!
When a DIY artist envisions a new purpose for something they have found, I don’t always see it.  Sometimes even up to the end of the show I’m still thinking…how in the WORLD are they going to use that thing for anything!?!? You see…I am looking at it from my perspective. I don’t see the worth of that thing because I’m not that master designer.   He sees it perfectly!
My friends, God sees you as a TREASURE!!! He has paid a costly price for you because you are so worthy!! You say, “Oh…but I’m this way, or I lack this or that”….but He says “That is what makes you YOU and perfect for what I have created you for.”  You have to see your worth from the designer’s perspective.  
Psalms 139:13-16 says: He formed you in your inmost parts!! He knitted you together in your mom’s womb! He fearfully and wonderfully made you!!! You were not hidden from him when you were being developed in your moms tummy! You were intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  He saw you with his eyes before you were even formed.  He dreamed up every day of your life and wrote them in your own personal novel!! He did all of this just for you before you had even taken your first breath!

Next time you’re tempted to look at your imperfections, your dents, your brokenness….I want you to remind yourself of these DIY/Trash to Treasure shows, and I want you to remind yourself that God is at work in you.  These things you’re working through with Him are creating an amazing and inspiring piece of His handiwork!! Don’t compare yourself to what you see Him doing in others! You have a different design!  It reminds me of this short “wisdom story.”

“A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on one end of the pole he carried across the back of his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream, the cracked pot arrived only half full. This went on every day for two years, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishment and saw itself as perfectly suited for the purpose for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived as bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“For the past two years, I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws you have to work without getting the full value of your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and out of compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the wildflowers on the side of the path. The pot felt cheered.

But at the end of the trail, the pot still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and again it apologized for its failure. The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I knew about your flaw and took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them for me. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. If you were not just the way you are, he would not have such beauty to grace his house.”

God knows you…just the way you are and still thinks your amazing and so worthy of what He has called you to do!! Be encouraged today and know…You are His Masterpiece!

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