A rock pile ceases being a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. - Unknown Author
I had to think about this one for a minute because to be honest, I didn't get it! I do now.
Being a creative person myself, I can look at a blank canvas and see what I want to put there. It's already in my mind and now all I have to do is put the colours on the canvas and add the shape and shading. In other words, my canvas is just a canvas until I see something to put on it.
There are so many hobbies out there today: needlework of all kinds, music, volunteering, computers, games, pets, writing, reading, exercising...the list is truly endless. Everybody should have a hobby or a craft they enjoy. It is both relaxing and time consuming. It's good for the soul and gets creative juices flowing.
If you go to an Art Gallery or a Museum of some kind, you will see many people walking around, smiling and commenting on the pieces they are viewing. The thing is, ten people can view ONE PIECE ten different ways. If people were to view my paintings, crochet creations, and so on, everybody would have a different opinion. Some would like it, some may not. Some would call it one thing while another person may call it something else. It's all about perception.
The same is true of ourselves. How we view ourselves determines how we treat ourselves. Perhaps you bang yourself up emotionally because you are overweight, have brown eyes instead of blue etc. But how do those around you that you know see you? I've been told I'm beautiful by my parents. But to me, my parents are not fair judges becuase they bore and raised me. They are biased. But if somebody else I know tells me that, I may think for a minute that perhaps there is something there.
Not many people enjoy being overweight. Many work at it very hard while others don't work at it and see it as being no good to try because they will fail. The difference here again is perception.
Have you considered WHY you are overweight? Do you have health conditions that Cause weight gain? Do you eat too many servings of food when you eat? Do you eat when you are emotionally upset? Are you on medications that cause weight gain? Is your lifestyle one of inactivity? Evaluate the reasons WHY you are overweight and then decide what you CAN do and what you CAN'T do. For me, I can only do so much becuase I do have medical conditions and medications that CAUSE weight whether I want to or not. I could stop taking the medication, but then I would fall ill and only God knows what the outcome would be. Therefore, I choose to take the medications because I know that despite it causing my weight, I need it to maintain a healthy balance with my medical conditions.
I see a fat backside, others see a beautiful face. Where are you looking? Perhaps, like me, it is time to change your focus and start looking on the inside first and work on the outside to the best of your ability within your limitations. As I was recently told, "work with what you are and not what you think you should be."
Do you see a rock pile or a piece of art?
Even the dirtiest of materials can make a beautiful place of worship where people go to learn about the Creator of all good things. HE is our CORNERSTONE and upon Him if we stand, we will be firm and strong and an able part of the 'church' which is the Body of Christ.