Handcrafted beauties

May 13, 2015 — 3 Comments

I’m fortunate to live in a country where ‘handcrafted’ is not a sophisticated decor choice or a charming add-on, but the simple reality of people, not machines, making things.
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Maybe that’s why I like John Ortberg’s view of God’s handiwork:
“Disciples are handcrafted, not mass-produced. No wonder we get frustrated when we think that everyone is supposed to look like the pastor or the author or whoever is teaching us at the moment about spiritual growth. We learn differently, struggle with different sins, and relate to God in different ways.

When Jesus prayed for his disciples, he did not pray, “May they all
have identical devotional practices.” He prayed, “Father, may they be
one with you.” The main measure of your devotion to God is not
your devotional life. It is simply your life.

Trying to grow spiritually without taking who you are into account is like trying to raise children on an assembly line. If you train an 80-pound gymnast and a 300-pound linebacker exactly the same, you will end up with two, useless 190-pound people.”

How has God uniquely crafted you?

Where are you tempted to have an assembly-line approach to your relationship with Him?

3 responses to Handcrafted beauties

  1. 
    Marcia Bosscher May 13, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I like this, Annie! Just reading a Julian of Norwich quote this morning that expressed something very similar.

  2. 

    You’d think this would be intuitive but it’s not, is it? Well put!

  3. 
    Habib and Ruth Iskander May 14, 2015 at 5:26 am

    An exciting truth! Lovely!

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