Masterpiece Editorial Written by Deisy Mendoza

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Appearances. We always put our best foot forward. We allow the world to see what we want them to see and seek out their approval of praises and endless sweet words. We delight in reassurance and feeling like we are good enough, worthy enough, beautiful enough, and the list goes on and on. We strive to measure up but with every compliment, success or group of encouraging followers we can’t help but feel alone. Like we are drowning in a sea of worldly approval that will never be sufficient. The person in the mirror is not someone we welcome but pick apart piece by piece until we can’t look anymore. So, we avoid the flaws and do our best to cover them up.

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With every broken piece, we see before us we fail to recognize its beauty and value. Instead we hide them away because we live in a world that tells us we must be flawless. We must compete with one another, share our successes and triumphs and never under any circumstances allow ourselves to be weak. Our life portfolios are filled with smiling faces, picture perfect moments, and the many achievements we have accomplished and have been honored for. We are led by the nature of our emotions that are tossed back and forth like the waves of the oceans. We fall short in realizing that it is our very brokenness that makes us exquisite, set apart, and strong. The weaknesses we carry are what allow us to connect, love deeply, and see the world for what it truly is, not enough.

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The canvas of our life needs to be submitted back to the master. We must relinquish our rights to paint our own story and cover up what we don’t want those around us to see. What we see as broken shards of glass he sees as a masterpiece. What we see as ruined and destroyed He sees as opportunity. Vulnerability is not a popular word but to Him it’s the way to our healing.

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“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

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 When we allow him to be the painter we begin to see our true selves. Not defined by the world or of the world ,but apart from it. We begin to care less about what others may think of us because all that really matters now is what the maker thinks. We are no longer drowning but faithfully walking on water and moving towards the one who shows us who we really are.

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There is a peace slowly growing within our being. A peace so indescribable that it is difficult to explain. No longer are we bound to negative thoughts because we have actively and mentally prepared our hearts and minds to believe that we are indeed a masterpiece created to love every part of who we are. We focus less on ourselves and what needs to be hidden or fixed. Instead the way is clearer now and the fog has lifted. Deep inside we feel a longing to live for something more and so we share our struggles boldly. They become our weapons that pierce and tear down the lies that others may be believing because we have chosen not to hide them anymore.

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Embrace now every fault, every wrinkle, every jagged line and own it. The painting of your life could be the very inspiration someone needs to know that they are not alone and that they too are a beautifully flawed masterpiece.

Contributors:

Venue: Restore House

Makeup: Atherial Beauty

Hair: Jacqueline Redd

Creative Direction: Darling Details Events

Photography: Water and Grace

Model: Lindsey Shelton of Prim Management

Article Written by Deisy Mendoza

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