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Paul Urban

This past Sunday we began a new series at The Journey called "Mess of Me".  We all have messes in our life.  Some are our own fault, some others cause us, and some we just seem to "step in".  What's yours?  I'm Paul and I'm an approval addict . . . I'm selfish . . . I have something I deeply regret . . . We all have things in our life that are messy.  The problem is that we can end up letting our messes define us.  But what does God have to say?

We shared the modern day parable of the "mud and the masterpiece".  Imagine one of the great paintings in the world is left out with the trash and you stumble upon it.  It's dirty, muddy, canvas wripped, but it's a great masterpiece underneath all of that.  How do you respond?  Can you see the masterpiece beneath the mud?  And do you just take it hope and try to clean it up with some soap and water?  Or, do you get a master to begin restoring it?

Ephesians 2:10 says this:  "For WE are God's masterpiece . . ."  If we're going to find the masterpiece behind the mud, we need understand how God sees us and who we truly are in Him.  The truth is, we're all messy.  But God sees something beautiful in us.  Something worth dying for.  No matter where we've been, or what we've done, or what we've said.  And that grace changes everything. 

Here's one story that proves that.  If you haven't seen it, it is DEFINITELY WORTH A FEW MINUTES.  Check out Darla's story!