God is the Ultimate Artist | Living

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My wife and I had a recent beach vacation. One of our favorite activities is walking on the beach, looking for unusual or pretty seashells. So many times I would pick up a seashell, look at it, see it was broken, then throw it away. I thought how glad I am that God isn’t like this with you and me.

We often strive to look good on the surface, but there’s no hiding from the one who knows us better than we know ourselves. I am so thankful that God sees and knows my flaws and loves me as I am. He will never reject me for not being good enough.

The Word of God reminds us in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life that I live now in the flesh, I live it by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Whether I’m looking for seashells on the beach or watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset, I am in awe of God’s beautiful work all around me. God is the ultimate artist, and He has created beautiful things for our enjoyment.

Just as no two shells are exactly alike, neither are two people exactly alike. Each of us has our own unique beauty, and we should look for that in others.

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The Bible reminds us that when God created everything in the world, He said, “It is good. His last act of creation was the human being. After creating the human being, He said, “It is very good.

You are God’s masterpiece. You are a work of art, created in the image of God and crafted with such care and beauty. God knows every hair on your head, every freckle on your skin, every cell in your body. He wove you in your mother’s womb – you are a masterpiece and you are wonderfully and remarkably made.

As you enjoy the beauty of your vacation destination, whether it’s the beach, the mountain, the lake, or your own backyard, remember to thank Him for the beauty He has created within you. Never forget that you are loved by the One who created you.

How can I know that you and I are loved by Him? Because “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”. (John 3:16) Good day!

Rick Meade is pastor at Lynn Garden Baptist Church in Kingsport.

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Rick Meade is pastor at Lynn Garden Baptist Church in Kingsport.

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