In 1502, in Florence, Italy there was a large block of marble given to a church in Santa Maria, the church immediately hired who they thought was a professional to sculpt this enormously huge piece of rock. The man was a professional and soon after commencing this great task the man drilled a hole right at the bottom destroying this magnificent piece of marble. So, the church decided just to drape a huge sheet over it not knowing what else to do, since it had been damaged beyond recognition and repair. A certain man, named Michangelo caught word of this large stone and how it has been destroyed, so out of curiosity he went to check it out and thought "Hey, I think I can do something here." After a time he began work and sculpted; and what was once thought to be a lost cause became one of the greatest statues of the biblical character of David ever built.
Many people today feel like a gigantic slab of marble -- perhaps battered and bruised -- perhaps lacking substance -- perhaps someone who has been discarded by certain people. But, in the capable hands of the Lord God Almighty, we can be molded into something beautiful.
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by Bob Briggs on Dec 8, 2000
A free flowing river purifies itself and is alive with life. So also is the Christian who becomes involved with others in sharing the Gospel. That Christian will discover the reason for his or her existence. Being involved in the ...read more
Contributed by Richard Jones on Nov 1, 2000
French author, Guy de Maupassant was one of the greatest writers of short stories the world has ever known. Within ten years he rose from relative obscurity to fame. Just what he thought he’d always wanted. His material possessions showed a life of affluence…a yacht in the ...read more
Contributed by Richard Jones on Nov 3, 2000
Some time ago, oil was discovered in southern Kentucky. Believe me it wasn’t a major oil strike by any stretch, but it was a big deal for Kentucky and soon that entire area of the countryside was ripped apart, as more and more people began drilling. One day, a man who was driving through the ...read more
Contributed by Ronald Zamkus on Feb 1, 2001
Last year, while renting a car at an airport, I noticed that most of the employees wore their identification badges from a WWJD neckband. So, I approached one of the employees and asked her what WWJD ...read more