We had a week of prayer last week. And the parents were the speakers. I don’t want to forget the special moments in my preparation and of that evening so this is a way of safeguarding them; because the title is so beautiful and of an arty nature I first talked about my favorite art piece 😀
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it. It is the task of the sculptor to discover it” Michelangelo, 1499
It must be a marvelous experience to look at a block of stone and see what it could become. It must also be a wonderful thing to have the ability to take that piece of rock and fashion it to whatever we envision. Chip away and remove unnecessary pieces and free the final sculpture hidden inside.
We are not all that talented. But as parents we have been given the opportunity and the privilege to create a masterpiece with each of the children God has given us. To mold and shape our little piece of clay!
When that precious baby is born we behold something more precious and valuable than the best marble and the most beautiful Pieta.
Jeremiah 1:5 _ “God has already begun the work of creating a masterpiece out of that bundle of flesh and we hold it in our arms the day they are born. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
David our poet says – for you formed inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret. Your eyes saw substance, being yet unformed. Psalm 139:13-16
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 — “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
Ellen White writes — In childhood and youth attention should be given to physical development. Parents should so train their children in good habits of eating and drinking, dressing, and exercise that a good foundation will be laid for sound health in afterlife. The physical organism should have special care, that the powers of the body may not be dwarfed, but developed to their full extent. This places the children and youth in a favorable position, so that with proper religious training, they may like Christ, wax strong in spirit. (White, 1954, pg. 187)
The only thing that will have eternal value will be the character our children develop. It is our responsibility and opportunity as parents to help our children in the development of their characters.
In dealing with children, follow the method of the gardener. With gentle touches, by loving treatments, seek to fashion their characters after the pattern of the character of Christ
What a great privilege we have to be used by God to continue shaping the masterpiece He began when they were just in the mother’s womb!
May we take the artistic task to heart knowing that were not simply creating a work of art that will one day pass away, but a true masterpiece for eternity.
Remembering we are all God’s Masterpiece !!