The “Day Piece”


Slow Down There's No Time To Waste

Key Bible Verse: 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)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 139:13-18

[During] the Italian Renaissance, painters like Michelangelo were commissioned to paint enormous murals. The best method they found was fresco painting, applying the colour right onto a wet plaster wall.  But it wasn’t possible to plaster and paint an entire wall in one day.  If the artist was working on the details of, say, a bouquet of gladiolas, he might work on a section no larger than a dinner plate.

So each morning, the painter [plastered] the portion of the wall he believed he would be able to finish before the sun went down. [It] was called the giornata, the “day piece”.

Our lives are not the sum of our crowded to-do lists but stretches of wall [that] the Master painter desires to transform it into a masterpiece.  Some days he may do  an expansive work, to work in and through us in momentous ways. Other days his interest may be in only a small, quiet work on our interior.

This is our privilege and responsibility: to begin each day by relinquishing the brush to the Master, for the masterpiece is not ours to paint but his.

– David Henderson in Tranquility

My Response: What are ways I see God at work in my life right now?

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