There is a story about a man who had a huge boulder in his front yard. He grew weary of this big, unattractive stone in the center of his lawn, so he decided to take advantage of it and turn it into an object of art. He went to work on it with hammer and chisel, and chipped away at the huge boulder until it became a beautiful stone elephant. When he finished, it was gorgeous, breath-taking.
A neighbor asked, “How did you ever carve such a marvelous likeness of an elephant?”
The man answered, “I just chipped away everything that didn’t look like an elephant!”
- “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”—Michelangelo
- “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” —Michelangelo
- “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”—Michelangelo
Every person is like a slab of marble, pregnant with potential and possibility. There is greatness and radical goodness within, but it has to be tapped into and gently carved out.
If you have anything in your life right now that doesn’t look like love, kindness, mercy and compassion, gently find ways to chip it away! If you have hatred or prejudice or vengeance or envy in your heart, gently find ways to chisel it away, thus setting free the true identity of who you were intended to be from the beginning!