The Potter and The Clay
Pride is a dangerous thing. It leads to destruction, and God hates and detests it. Some may wonder, "Shouldn't we be proud of what we've accomplished?" I think the issue is who gets the credit for our accomplishments. Now you might think "Wasn't it me who worked hard and made the dream come to life?" I'm reminded of the story of the Potter and the clay in the Bible. We're the lump of clay--lifeless and useless. God is the Potter. It's not until the Potter molds and makes us into something special that we have any purpose. The clay doesn't form itself. Without the Potter, the clay is nothing. Whether we recognize or acknowledge God as the Potter does not change the fact that He is the creator of all things. Just as we might rave about a painting in a museum, it's the talented artist that created the masterpiece that deserves the acclaim. We get into trouble when we resist His shaping and attempt to mold ourself. God had a plan for your life before you were ever born. Ps. 139: 13-14 says "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. I know that full well." Many have allowed society to mold and shape them. Things may go well for awhile, but it's not lasting. There's an emptiness that nothing can fill. God created you, and only He can fill those secret places in your heart that bring ultimate, lasting peace. Submit to His loving hands and let Him mold you into the masterpiece you were destined to be.