New York Morning Thought: Yesterday, we visited my Aunt’s house in Staten Island, and my cousin and her daughter taught me how to paint. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but never thought I could. But over the years I’ve read books on painters, admired their creations and watched how they worked. My favourite is Van Gogh. I’ve noticed that when painters begin, their painting doesn’t look like much. People come by and say, “Hmmm? Very interesting.” It’s only as the colours blend and the details are crafted that the beauty and purpose of the work emerge. At first, even the greatest masterpiece looks uninspiring. Your Master is also painting your life. When he begins, your life looks messy. People even wonder, “What’s going on here?” But the more he adds, the more his glory arises. Soon others will admire his work within you. Today, let the Master, the Lord himself, continue to make his masterpiece––you. Listen to what Paul says, “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).