I can define myself in so many ways. So can you. I like to think of our identity as a miraculous puzzle, in which we add piece by piece of who we are as time goes on and life is lived. Much like a puzzle, we slowly form a picture of who we are through the various ways we experience life, and the countless turns that add new descriptive components to claim as our own. So many significant pieces fit into our presentation… So many parts we possess. As we grow older, these segments shift to different places, leaving more room to add another piece we discover about ourselves. We continue to create more sections to add to this masterpiece that is entirely ours to own. Our workmanship is made through each circumstance we encounter and how we allow it to penetrate our lives, our hearts, our perspective. The entire puzzle creates a marvelous masterpiece of who are are.
What does your picture portray?
You are a work of art. Did you know that? You are.
Every piece defines you, and you have the power to shine light on whichever part you choose. Our puzzle is a marvelous tapestry of history, and as our timeline continues, we build on this landscape of who we are. We can choose to highlight chosen pieces to display, to share, to shine… we can also choose to sift through the rubble of some of those jagged edged pieces that continue to pierce us with their mighty sword of pain. And sometimes? When we feel we are suffocating in the corners of our own artwork, we can widen our lens to see the greater masterpiece, revealing colorful elements full of healing and restoration and joy. None of us are without those darker pieces, although unique in our individual suffering and failures. None of us are without the brilliantly polished pieces that have been born from our lifetime of victories and celebrations and revelations.
You are a work of art. ALL of you. Embrace who you are. Sculpt as you may, paint as you wish, present your masterpiece however you choose. It’s yours to display.
It is yours and only yours to offer this world.
Today, I share more of this truth over at my beloved friend, Hasty Word’s blog (Click on that to get there!). She is a beautiful and inspiring soul, and if you haven’t met her yet- you need to. While you are over there reading my post, take a look around and discover her gift for yourself. SHE is a miraculous masterpiece.