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    The sculptures of Michelangelo need no introduction to most people. Most of us are familiar with his masterpieces — David, Day and Night, Madonna of Bruges, Twilight and Dawn, La Pieta, Medici Madonna and Child.

    One of his most massive sculptures is a statue of Moses, completed more than four hundred years ago, often called his best work. If one looks closely at the statue of Moses, however, he will find a long, narrow dent on Moses’ knee.

“Why dost thou not speak?”
    It is the mark of an artist never satisfied with his own work! After completing the statue, Michelangelo is said to have cried, “Why dost thou not speak?” He recognized that no matter how great his work and no matter how life-like it looked, it wasn’t complete unless it came to life. In frustration at what he perceived to be his inadequacy, Michelangelo struck the knee of the statue with his chisel.

    Those who are satisfied with their accomplishments tend to remain as little as the things they do. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. They move beyond their imperfections and inadequacies.

    The writer of Hebrews understands this truth well when he wrote: ”...let us throw off everything that hinders... and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1  NIV).   The true giants in any field are those who don’t quit, who stay in the race, who overcome their failures and difficulties. That’s part of the driving force behind their greatness.

    Difficulties, stumbles, and even failures are sure to come, but let’s look at their example and let’s keep running the race!

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Title: "Beyond Imperfection"
Author: Timely Truths
Publication Date: October 10, 2000



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