Everyday for many many years an artist went to work on high ladders, painting each corner and space of this ceiling with extreme care and detail. I am sure there were many days the monotony of painting got overwhelming, it would have been tempting to quit or cut corners from the back breaking intense work. But the craftsman made a choice that even if this art work was so high no one may ever see the detail, even if he may never hear the applause or appreciation for his years of labour. He was going to give it his best and dedicate every day to making something beautiful appear on what was once a blank stone space.
Every day we also have a space to fill, a page to write, a canvas to paint. Maybe like this artist you can feel your hard work goes unnoticed, even at times question what’s the point in being so committed. Maybe you feel like the labor is in vain or tempted to ignore the tough corners. But hundreds of years later that persons dedication to this painting inspires millions of people. Everyday people go to visit this building and as they enter their eyes are drawn up to this artists work. They stand staring in awe at this amazing ceiling in Rome, taking photographs and commenting on the beauty his dedication brought. Though they may never know the name of the artist, they know the heart and passion that artist held.
So today as you look at this painting I pray you Would be encouraged. Don’t cut corners today because you think it doesn’t matter, don’t come down from your ladder thinking no one can see this and don’t care if you ever get the credit. Commit to give whatever you have to do your best, pray as you work that the work of your hands would bring glory to Him for he sees it all. And remember that everything we do leaves a trail for others whom we may never meet but they will meet the legacy we leave behind. So my friend, today pick up whatever your paintbrush looks like and create something beautiful x