Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We Are Not Done Being Painted

Humility is something I have been working on for a long time. I think it is something that everyone strives towards during the course of their whole lives. To me, being humble means that I rely on the Lord and trust in Him rather than myself. It means that I refrain from judging others because I know that I am no better than they are and that we are all children of the same Heavenly Father traveling on this "metaphorical pathway" of life together.

Recently I've been working on not passing judgements about a few certain people in my life. I have been praying that God will help me be humble and to love them more. One night while praying about this, it occurred to me that one way I can become humble and love them more is to serve them. I'm really excited thinking about ways to do that.

Today, though, I had a really cool burst of knowledge. It was kind of like a ray from heaven shone down into my brain to illuminate my mind a little more than it had been before. I was sitting on the bus talking to my talented friend. She was bringing home a painting to work on for her painting class. It was obviously incomplete and difficult to make out the subject of the painting. However, I could tell that soon it would become a painting of an elephant. This friend of mine was mourning the fact that nobody could tell what her painting was of, and how they thought it was a bird instead of an elephant. I found myself saying, "That doesn't matter. It's not fair for them to judge it if it's not finished". That was when my epiphany happened. All of the sudden I saw that we, as human being on earth, are each a painting. We may not look like majestic "elephants" yet. Some people may not be able to see what we're trying to become or how all the pieces will come together to make us into masterpieces. But it's okay because it's not fair to judge something that isn't done. We are not "done" yet. We are still in the long process towards perfection, which goal will not happen until the Celestial Kingdom. Therefore, it doesn't even make sense to judge others because they are not done yet either.

This really helped me. I'm so grateful for this insight that the Lord granted me. I'm glad I was in tune with the Spirit so that the Lord could answer my prayers about humility in this unexpected, yet very cool way.


  1. Wonderful post :) and thank you for sharing that amazing insight. I'm really frustrated with my sister at the moment, and I think it will help to think of her as an "unfinished painting" :)
    <3 Marie-Rose

  2. Wow! That is such a cool way to look at it! I guess Heavenly Father sees what the painting can truly become, and so will give us tests and trials that will shape our masterpiece. And even though it may seem from the outside that we are ahead of other people, in reality we may each have a different masterpiece within each of us that is equally magnificent. Thank you so much!

  3. Thank you for not only being open to the promptings of the spirit to learn that great lesson, but also for following the inspiration you received to share it. I can't even tell you how much I needed this today. I've been a bit of a Grinch this week to some people in my life. This post hit me like a ton of bricks. Point of view = changed. Mind = blown (in a very good way).


  4. I finally made a blog! It was my New Years resolution!

    Check it out:
    It's not super pretty yet, but atleast I can start! I'm excited!

  5. Such a beautiful post! I am so glad you put it in this perspective. Really does make sense. I too have been trying to work on my attitude towards others and not making judgments. It's really hard, but slowly I'm beginning to see that were all children of God and we have no right to make judgments. We leave that right to the Lord, and we should focus more on the positive in others.


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