The Sculpture and the Sculptor – Bearing with one another

Bearing With One Another

Sometimes, the person you want God to remove from your life is the person you need most.

Everyone encounters difficult people on this journey called life. Are you sitting down?  Sometimes you may be the difficult person for someone else. Paths do not cross without leaving a trail, some kind of imprint, on each other. What if we viewed these impressions left by other people as marks that shape us? Even the painful ones.

A sculptor’s mediums cannot shape themselves, they are simply material. Unformed shapes, unrealized potentials, piles of stock longing for attention. Pressure and pinches shape clay, blades and abrasives form wood, extreme heat molds metal, hammers and chisels chip away at stone. Pressure, pinches, abrasives, heat, chips…..considered alone, none of these sound very pleasant!

What would these mediums become without the process that changes them into the works of art meant for them? Nothing. Forgotten piles of material collecting dust in a closet. The pain of being worked and formed gives the medium meaning, the process creates beauty.

The people in our lives do the same for us, and us for them.

The next time you’re faced with that person that pushes all of your buttons, that grates nerves only they can reach, or simply turns your stomach to look at, consider what they are forming in you. Embrace that change, grow with them.

One thought on “The Sculpture and the Sculptor – Bearing with one another

  1. I really love this one. Mikes message as well as your artistic interpretation really spoke to me. I have been embracing this in my life lately and can honestly say that doing so is freeing. Admitting that I can be the difficult one in someone else’s life is huge, but honest as well. I loved that point. None of us are perfect, we are beautifully flawed, created to coexist together to make each other better, stronger. That isn’t always pleasant, growing and changing can be painful. There is peace in embracing who we are to God, to others and what they are to us, whether they give us warm, fuzzy feelings or whether we feel the chizzle. 😊

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