Thursday, January 6, 2011


Русский:Вышивка крестом
I remember one year when my wife, Jo Anne, sat by the hour cross stitching Christmas stockings for our grandchildren. She has also produced some beautiful cross stitched pieces of art that hang in our home.

But have you ever seen the back side of cross stitching?
Why is it that on the back side there is a stitch for each stitch on the front, and even though the colors are all there it is still void of beauty and in such disarray?

The answer is in the purpose for the pattern. You see, the purpose of the pattern is for people to see the beauty of the artist's creation when viewed from the proper perspective.

Our lives are like that.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Being called according to His purpose simply means that everything that happens in our lives, the good and the bad, are woven together by God so that viewed from the proper perspective, the world sees the beauty of His Holiness.
“Lord, today I want my life to be viewed by those around me from the proper perspective.  Please don't let them see all of the ugly mistakes, poor judgements, and bad decisions I have made.  But let them see the result of your grace that takes those and produces a puropse that can glorify you.
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