“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
I learned the art of craftsmanship from my father. He built things out of wood, metal, and brick, and he seemed to have an innate ability to design and build to his own exacting specifications.
He taught me that I could work with my hands; that I could use the hammer, the wrench, and the saw to design and create.
And I did just that when I bought a shiny black 1931 Ford Roadster, in perfect working condition. I took it completely apart despite the fact that I had no real experience in metal work or engine repair. I pushed the fear to the back of my mind, shoved down the doubts, and began the work of shaping the car into a reflection of my own personality.
I uncovered the rust and dents that were covered with filler and paint. I revealed the scars from years of use and abuse.
In my mind, I was uncovering the true character of the car. I was releasing the angel from the marble, and along the way I freed the angel inside my own heart. I learned something about myself that I never knew existed.
I was a craftsman, too. Like my father, I had innate creative potential lurking within me, and I discovered that it was important to the evolution of my soul. It was my connection to our Creator and Savior Jesus, the craftsman who frees us from the marble that traps our souls.
God created the universe, and His authority governs it. He has a plan that maintains, directs, and sustains the world, and that plan includes you.
“In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will … “
The men of Junto Tribe acknowledge that Jesus came to earth and became one of us. Instead of raising Himself above the Father, Jesus came here to walk among us. He became the Last Adam to bring light to the darkness and restore what was lost to sin.
The craftsman created the universe, and then stepped into creation and became part of His greatest masterpiece. Then, just as Jesus humbled Himself with His heavenly Father, He became a craftsman as an apprentice to His earthly father, Joseph.
We are craftsmen created in His image. We learn about ourselves when we create, and our creative works of art demonstrate beauty to a world that is starving for it.
Join us on the journey. Ask God to help you discover, or rediscover, your craftsmanship. Pick up the tools you’ve been given and create something useful or beautiful. Bring joy to your community, your coworkers, your family, and yourself.
What can you begin crafting for the world today?
Image by <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/Odwarific-407178/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=429757">Brian Odwar</a> from <a href="https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=429757">Pixabay</a>