An aspiring artist sculpted a beautiful angel and wanted the master artist, Michelangelo, to inspect it and offer his opinion. So Michelangelo was called in. The master artist carefully looked at the sculpture from every imaginable angle.
Finally, he said, “Well, it lacks only one thing.” Then he turned around and walked out.
The puzzled would-be artist didn’t understand, and he certainly didn’t know what it lacked. Too embarrassed to go and ask Michelangelo himself, he sent a friend to Michelangelo’s studio to try and find out what his statue lacked.
The great artist replied, “It lacks only life.”
Source | Unknown. This is the version as remembered, heard during a seminar.
Do you feel like a sculpture without breath? Is it possible that many so-called believers (myself included when ungrounded) are sculptures without life, works of art without a soul? Many people have all kinds of things and the latest gadgets, but lack life.
- We may have a car or a motorbike or both, but do we have direction for living?
- We may dwell in a nice, big home, but do we have enduring inner peace and contentment?
- We may have money, lots of it, but do we have a real sense of security?
- We may have clothes filling our closets to overflowing, but do we have an authentic self-worth to coat our spirit and soul?
- We may have many friends, but are we really connected? Or are we suffering from an unbearable hollow sense of loneliness?
- We may be meeting all of our goals, amassing accomplishments along the way, but are we calm and serene? Or is anxiety leaving us feeling undone?
Spend some time with these questions and then consider a final one:
- Is there something still missing? Are we lacking the one thing necessary: Life?