Michaelangelo started forty-four statues, but completed only fourteen. In a museum in Italy, you can see his thirty unfinished works. There are huge chunks of marble with only a hand, or a foot, or a leg completed. Are our lives like those unfinished statues? Is the potential for beauty and purpose still locked up within us as those figures are locked in the stone?

J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.