There is an unlikely tale about the brilliant Renaissance artist Michelangelo. He was asked about the difficulties that he must have encountered in sculpting his masterpiece David. But he replied with an unassuming and comical description of his creative process:
“It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.”
The statement is frequently attributed to this and that great sculptor, that the only thing necessary to the creation of a great statue is to secure a large block of marble and chip off all of it you don’t want. The saying is more or less to the point when applied to any avenue of success-seeking. Any man can rid himself of the habits of laziness, of lack of purpose, of misdirected energy, and of extravagance with time and money, can chisel out his life in a way that he will emerge as the person he way always created to be.
While it’s debatable if the great artist actually said this, it is a great model of how we attempt to help people to move forward in their lives, discover God, their “why”, their purpose, and live the way God designed them to live. And not only that , to BE the person they are created to be.
Chip away everything that doesn’t belong there; broken past, addictions, dysfunctional behaviors, fears and more, that cover up the real you. As you do the “chipping away” of these things in a purposeful fashion, the genuine, real you , can emerge as David did in Michelangelo’s statue.
BH/ Thanks to my friend Hero for the inspiration today.