Making A Masterpiece



Just recently I had to deal with a difficult decision. During that time I was reminded of the time I visited the Sistine Chapel. See, Michelangelo must have considered the paintings on the roof of the Sistine Chapel extra special because it required a lot more effort. I always assumed the painter layed on his back to paint the ceilings. He actually stood up during the process and wrote about how uncomfortable and difficult it was to work with his head tilted back.

After my visit I discovered that Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to complete the paintings. It is said that he actually resented the commission and believed his work only served the Pope’s need for grandeur. And yet, these paintings are still considered to be his finest.

What does that say to us? Even though we may be asked to do something that is difficult. Even though we may not agree with the reason for the “commission.” We can still create a masterpiece. We all do it all the time. That’s just one of the things that makes all of us so special.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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