The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, and the most parodied work of art in the world.” The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, although Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at The Louvre museum in Paris since 1797.
It is believed that Francis I bought Mona Lisa in 1504 or 1506 for $9,200. Among works in the Louvre, in 1852 its market value was 90,000 francs compared to works by Raphael valued at up to 600,000 francs. In 1913, it was reported that the English government offered $5 million for the painting, the highest estimate of its value at that time. Before the 1962–3 tour, the painting was assessed for insurance at $100 million.*
You are worth more than that. God is your creator. The Mona Lisa is only a painting. But can you imagine someone saying he does not like the way the nose of the woman is or he does not like the way the hands are folded? Attempting to add a colour to the Mona Lisa is a very unacceptable thing. It will reduce its value, tamper with its originality and insult the reputation of Leonardo da Vinci.
Just as it will be ridiculous to attempt to add a colour to the Mona Lisa painting, you reduce your value, tamper with your originality and break your Creator’s heart when you try to change something about yourself because you think you are not good enough or because you want to fit in. You were not created to fit in to anything that is not in agreement with your make up; you are to stand out.
“I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.” Ps. 139:14 HCSB
Others may look at you and say they do not like something about you, but your Creator looks at you and says “I spent my time on this work!”
The only but in the work of Creation came in Genesis 3 and it is the sinful corruption of our makeup. We should not accept that. We must tap into God’s provision. For God did not give up on man, he gave up His Son! Thus, if you are a product of the creation and the recreation, you are a masterpiece!
People who do not accept who God created them to be are like the goat who wanted to be a lion. So, he practised stalking through the jungle and tried to swish his stubby little tail majestically. Then he tried to turn his pitiful little bleat into the deep, awesome roar of the king of beasts. Finally convinced that he looked and sounded like a lion, he said, “Now, all I have to do to be a lion is to go where lions go.” So, he marched into the territory of lions one day- about lunch time…**
Stop picking faults with yourself or giving yourself a hard time. You don’t have to look like this or talk like that to be accepted. Accept who God has made you to be. Understand who God says you are and who you were created to be; give yourself a pat on the back and press on. The Mona Lisa is perfect; at least, in the eyes of Da Vinci!
This piece is dedicated to my friend Farinde Oluwatoyin, who celebrated her birthday last weekend. She’s one person from whom I have learnt to be and accept myself. You are loved!
* Source: Wikipedia.com
** Story told by Dave Egner for ODB, 2010
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