Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Work in Progress

Many of my pieces revolve around this theme.

Life is a journey

rather than a destination.

It is a process.

And that is ok.

For several years,

I seemed to have believed

that there were people who had life

"all together"

and so therefore, there was something wrong with me.

I was in a mental

boxing match with myself.

And when you are beating yourself up

one part is always winning

and the other is always losing.

But then in a day of brokenness

I seemed to discover

God's grace

for the process

and for a His continual


that He will not give up on.

He does not give up on me

but continues to transform me

until the process is complete.

What a relief!

And what a miracle

that as my body and mind age and become older

my spirit is renewed continually.

And I seem to rediscover

who I really am

that person that was always there

but needed a


I love this passage paraphrase of Romans 12 from
The Message by Eugene Peterson:

Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking-around life--
and place it before God as an offering. 
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
. . . . fix your attention on God.  You'll be changed from the inside out.
Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,
God brings the best out of you,
develops well-formed maturity in you.

I am so glad that He is not finished with me yet.

*ART & PHOTOS COPYRIGHT 2011 Jodene Shaw.*

1 comment:

  1. So smile-able, Jodi! How I wish I could see your artwork in person. Maybe someday!


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