That should be our constant prayer. For if it was, there would be less to complain about, less to worry about, and more compassion for our fellow man.
“Do all things without complaining.” Philippians 2.14
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.“ Matthew 6.34
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4.32
Yes, complain less, worry less, all the while being kind, forgiving, and having compassionate.
I am not sure if Michelangelo was all those things but he was considered ‘divine’ or righteous among his contemporaries and they admired his terribilità or his ability to instill a sense of awe.
How can we be considered righteous and instill awe in others?
I think we can by using Michelangelo’s words as a prayer: “Lord, make me see Your glory in every place.”
In the homeless man on the corner, can you see God’s glory?
In the runaway trying to find food, can you see His glory?
In the women of the night trying to sell her own self to keep afloat, surely she beholds God’s beauty.
In a sunset, ocean breeze, or snow capped mountain, can you feel and see and sense the Lord’s glory?
When we do, we can recognize His peace in everyplace. I feel that is what others saw in Michelangelo’s art – an overwhelming sense of peace.
It is what others will see when we
and are kind, forgiving, and compassionate towards our fellow man.
In doing so, we will…
*Michelangelo may not be the best role model but that quote surely can prompt us to see God in the world around us.
He also wrote this in a poem that can inspire us to remember Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf: “Neither painting nor sculpture will be able any longer to calm my soul, now turned toward that divine love that opened His arms on the cross to take us in.”
So grateful for the cross and debt paid on my behalf. Yes, “Lord, make me see Your glory in every place” especially Calvary.
Check out this previous post and some other thoughts of mine on Michelangelo (and DaVinci):
If you have been inspired or changed your perspective by something you read, do tell in the comments below. I thank you in advance and look forward to connecting with you, for after all if you call Christ Lord we will be spending all eternity together so we may as well connect this side of heaven too!
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