No Mistakes Allowed: Ephesians 2:10

This post was written for the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies “Limitless Life” Week 2 Blog Hop. Find more information about Proverbs 31 Ministries and the various online Bible studies they offer here.

 

As a mom, I find myself saving the most “unique” treasures from my three amigos. A lion made from a paper plate. A handprint missing a middle finger. A strand of hair from each child upon his first purposeful (or accidental) haircut. A few weeks ago I added a special card to the box…a card that reminded me how truly valuable we are to God.

As my fingers stretched across the bright yellow envelope this past Mothers Day afternoon, I was reminded that this was the first gift my oldest son had ever truly prepared for me. I bit my lip slightly trying to prepare myself for my six-year-old’s creation. Inside I found a card which he had made, complete with a picture informing me of why he loved me and a note inside.

Yes friends, my son knows who cleans his clothes and he is a happy boy for it…and as long as the washer keeps doing its thing, this momma will remain in her “happy place” as well.

But to you, a reader, an on-looker…a stranger peering into a moment of my world, this card seems like a nice school project to make mom feel a bit more confident about the school supply list chaos completed a few months ago. You hesitate to point out the obvious mistakes, flaws in the spelling and the grease stains smeared throughout the card. But to me, his mom, this is nothing short of a masterpiece. I know that my son had choices of which sign to hold for the cover of this card. I also remember countless conversations I’ve shared with him while folding laundry…moments I now realize he will never forget. I also know that my kiddo loves to talk, but currently despises writing. With each stroke that I read that day, I understood the effort he put into making it as perfect as he could manage. He loves telling me that I am the “best mom in the world” but to see this in writing just impressed it into the roots of my “mommy” heart.

I knew my son’s heart and thus I was able to reap the true joy of this purposeful masterpiece. This was not a mistake. His work was intended in advance for me, by him and for my limitless joy. What you see as careless mistakes, I only see as a limitless future.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

Just as my son took time to decide how the card would be constructed, what color the envelope should be or how exactly to hand me his work – we have an Abba that has indeed spent a lifetime creating us for this very moment. In the above passage, it paints such an amazing picture.

What if by chance we were His masterpiece?

What if the flaws we seem to notice are the very paint strokes that help us breathe in new life?

What if we could really see ourselves as His true, beautiful, purposeful Masterpiece?

Do you see yourself as His Masterpiece?

I missed seeing myself through His eyes for most of my life. As I looked at His work called my life, I just could not get past the uneven surface, the cracked clay, the various holes that seemed too large for repair and the reality that I was shattered to the point I had given up hope for repair. Plus, truthfully, I would never look like the other Masterpieces I noticed around me. Through my eyes, others seemed to have their edges smoothed, paint glazed and purpose completely filled. I simply settled for being incomplete.

A masterpiece only gains value once it can securely rest in the hands of the Potter. 

Value is something every living human being chases after. Every Masterpiece not only has tremendous value – it’s the highest price for which we were indeed purchased. When Jesus Christ suffered on the cross and died for our sins, our value was deemed as irreplaceable by God Himself. He purchased us way before we knew we had anything to offer…and He gave us real meaning and life in Him. Just as Christ raised to life, we too through His eyes can see ourselves as valued children of God. But, that only occurs if we stop trying to smooth our own edges…or earn our own value – our way.

Have you ever experienced resting in His hands?

I have.

From one Masterpece to another, I’ll let you in on a little secret…when you are able to truly open the heart of your canvas completely to His grace, an amazing life of fulfillment in His plan can begin. In order to open up your heart, you must first learn how to rest in His hands.

The very same Hands that formed the world into existence…

The same Hands that parted the Red Sea…

The same Hands that tore down the wall of Jericho and rebuilt the wall for Nehemiah…

The same Hands that set the apostles free from prison and welcomed Stephen Home…

The same Hands that called Jesus out from the grave…

Those same Hands that crafted every feature of your life exactly so you could be written perfectly into His story…

Those Hands want nothing more than to hold you, value you, protect you, define you, sustain you and support you up so that you can take your place as His Masterpiece.

Then one day, you my friend will be carried up to His Throne and presented to Him with the various colors you have gained through your life journey. He will know you. He will look at you and call you by name. You are His Masterpiece and His Child.

No mistakes allowed.

 

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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34 thoughts on “No Mistakes Allowed: Ephesians 2:10

  1. Loved reading through your post. Insightful, encouraging and I loved all the pictures. From the little treasures in your box that show you, you are a masterpiece from your kids (truly endearing) and I love the potters clay picture, I considered my life being moulded by the potters hands too 🙂
    Look forward to resting in His hands.

    Stay blessed my sister in The Lord and keep on enjoying the motherhood moments that are constant reminders of how God uses this role in us for His glory!

    • Sabrina –
      I’m so glad you liked the pictures…it just makes everything so real, doesn’t it?! Motherhood is indeed color on our canvas that brings out a special glow in our Masterpiece. As the fingerprints of our little ones grow, so does their rippling impact. God truly has blessed me with a lot of color…but I wish the fingerprint growth would slow down a bit! Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. WOW. This post was so beautiful. I loved what you said about how we need to “stop trying to smooth our own edges…or earn our own value”. Sometimes it is so easy to focus on something we consider a flaw instead of seeing the bigger picture; God uses many things to build us into the people He has designed us to be. There are no mistakes!

    • Tiffany,
      I sat here smiling a bit when I read your comment. The portion you quoted was added during my read-through. I remember reading through it again thinking, “That’s really good…God, you must have somebody out there that needs that because there is no way I could come up with that!” I’ve tried smoothing and it just does not work. The comparison trap hurts us more than the ones we are comparing ourselves too. No mistakes!

  3. Wow! Awesome job Bethany! I didn’t realize I was reading your blog until I got to the end. This was one blog I needed to read today. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tanya,
      Thanks! I’ve been working on a social media class which has assisted me with changing the look and feel of the blog! As for the post, I truly believe with all of my heart that God is giving me the words, stories and illustrations to use. I re-read posts before publishing and it ends-up turning into a mini-worship service! I love writing only because it brings me closer to Him. It’s literally time I can curl up on His lap and let Him speak. Lucky for you (and others) that get to join in the experience! I keep wanting to say, “Do it again! Do it again!”

  4. This is exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you. I found a church family after you helped me meet my Abba last week. Than you for taking time to invest in your readers. You really care. People need that now more than ever.

    • Lora –
      It was amazing connecting with you last week! Your story has touched my heart in a big way! Your Homecoming with Him was such an amazing way to kick-off my weekend! So awesome to hear you have connected with a church family and Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study! Keep going!!!

  5. Absolutely beautiful Bethany. Love all the pictures, but my heart is always pricked by those little ones creations. I have a container of them from my kids who are now in their 30s. So true we have to learn to rest in His hands not only in the great times but also in those valleys. Thanks for sharing.

    • Debbie –
      Do you have a name for your collection? I have a clear tub for each of my boys which I attempt to store special moments. I’ve also been taking pictures and emailing them to accounts I’ve created for each of my boys. I’m hoping they still have email when they turn 18 and I give them the password!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and join in the conversation here! It is so hard to rest…sometimes still a struggle for this “I can do it myself” momma! I feel so free to write knowing I’m not alone in these life lessons!

      • Bethany I don’t have a name. I have a clear plastic container for each of my kids. They are in their 30s now and I love pulling them out and reading their notes and seeing their pictures. We didn’t have the technology back then. I guess sometime I should scan them and make something that will last. The time goes so fast. I can’t believe how fast it went. Treasure the moments – savor them – you’ll be so glad.

  6. What a beautiful story. My daughter reminds me all the time what it means to be a child of God as I see her learn and grow everyday. Thank you for sharing!

    • Amanda,
      Our kids are truly amazing “God interpreters” eh?! During my battle with cancer, my oldest was one of my greatest Encouragers and God truly spoke through him in amazing ways that will forever impact my life. I’ve seen God use my other 2 boys as well! These gentle kisses from our Abba never get old with me. It simply reminds me daily where I come from and to Whom I belong.

  7. Your blog is wonderful!! I’ve truly enjoyed reading your post today!! Looking forward to your next post for the blog hop!!! Have a very blessed day!!

    • Christina –
      Thank you so much! Nothing makes me feel more fulfilled as a writer than knowing God is using these words to connect with others. I feel that same connection with our current study “Limitless Life.” I’m sure you have those moments where the words you read seem to be written just for you. The Bible passages and the topics we are studying just strike deep roots in my heart and for me, it makes it that much more important to share. Great meeting you!

  8. Yes, Bethany, we are truly God’s masterpieces. How often I forget what a special honor and gift it is to be God’s child. I am so grateful for reminders of God’s love and forgiveness. God Bless You. 🙂

    • Melissa –
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and encourage! I think everyone forgets their value…some never discover their true value in Him until much later in life. Forgetting is so much better than never finding where true value lies…it’s all in His hands! Have a great week!

  9. Dear Bethany; I want to Thank You for your faithfulness in sharing the gift of your story with me. I’m currently doing my first OBS with Limitless Life! and while it seems I’ve been behind everyone else, I’m following through. I also have a story that I know The Lord is calling me out to shared. Unfortunately, I’m on a small break at work and don’t have the time to share it. (its kind of long) Nevertheless, I’m inspired by your story and I wanted you to know it! The Lord is so good!!! He never forgets his children even when we may think he has:-( I’ve been so Bless! And now I know, that even when I taught I wasn’t, I was bless as well. See, durring what I taught they were my darkest hours; he was with me preparing me for his service:-) What an Awesome awakening!!! I’m a work in process and will continue to be; to him be the glory… Sincerely, your sister in Christ:-) XOXOXO

    • Carmen –
      It is so amazing to see how God calls the most unique stories together for His purpose and I believe He indeed has a story written in your heart! Keep in mind, you have the opportunity to share anytime, anywhere! Ask God for the right avenue and opportunity to impact the lives of others through the gifts He has given you. I’m so glad I am getting a chance to meet you through this Limitless Life study! Keep going! Proud of you!

  10. I get it! I understand! I am so glad you got that card and that gift and also that deeper meaning in the gift. You are an awesome MOM! And God has created you for this season of you life. EMBRACE IT! They grow up way too fast. Keep writing!

    • Thank you Mary! It seems that my oldest has simply taken-off with his growth! Craziness!! Yet, it provides so many open-ended writing opportunities! Love your encouragement too!! You inspire me so much!

    • Thanks for commenting Virginia! I love it when God speaks through our lives in ways we never saw coming! May He continue to speak to you throughout the rest of your day in the most amazing ways!

  11. Wow. This moved me. It amazes me how much Abba Father teaches me through my relationship with my child. I never looked at her gifts to me quite this way. Thank you. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Sara –
      Thanks for taking the time to comment! Our kids are amazing…right?! I can honestly say, I’m very new at allowing myself to be still enough to really listen to His voice. Watching God choose the most incredible moments to show His presence just leaves me humbled and well…makes me want to share! I’d love to hear what He shows you!

  12. Such a beautiful blog! I really liked the part where you mentioned it was hard you to see yourself through his eyes & that you would never be like the “others” who were all around you. I struggle with as well! It’s hard not comparing ourselves to others & assuming that they have it all together. The truth is- no one has it all together- except JESUS & yet- in his eyes were all masterpieces.
    Thank you for sharing your heart!
    Tosha

    • Tosha –
      How true it is! One of the greatest realities of being one of His Masterpieces is His ability to make our mess His message. No mistakes!

  13. Love love love this!!! Glad to know that I am not alone in the struggle of seeing myself as He sees me. So thankful for a Potter who is patient and wise. Thanks for sharing these words with us!!!

    Korrine 🙂

    • Lorraine –
      You are welcome…I love sharing these God deposits with everyone, as well as hearing others too! Thanks for your encouragement!

    • Rebecca –
      Thanks! Our Abba is so insanely creative in the ways He teaches us…even through our children. I’m so glad He spoke to you through this illustration too! How awesome is that?! Can’t wait to hear from you again soon!

  14. This reminds me of that Caedmon’s Call song “Hands of the Potter” lyric: Lord if I’m the clay then lay me down on your spinning wheel. Shape me into something you can fill…with something real.”
    Rest….awww the word that makes me think of serenity.
    Rest easy my friend, you are a masterpiece!
    Thank you for reminding words of encouragement Bethany. 🙂

    • Angela –
      I love that song and yes, that tune was going through my head as well as I re-read this post! For the life of me, I could not remember who wrote the song. Now I know! Thank you!

  15. Wow, Bethany! What a tremendously powerful blog! Through your words, my soul has been lifted! The first thought that went through my head was that sometimes the strongest part of a pot is where it was “fixed”. I loved reading this today. Thanks for sharing your heart!!

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