fourteenth-century Italian stained-glass artist was summoned to
design and create a huge portrait for the window of a cathedral in
Chartres France, a place well known for its stained-glass work. He
laid all of the pieces he was going to use out on the floor of the
cathedral. They were beautiful to behold; most of them were large
and colorful. Some of the colors from that time cannot even be
reproduced today. Among these awesome pieces of glass was a small,
clear piece about as big as your fingernail. As the
stained-glass portrait was assembled, that little piece remained
on the floor. Only the big colorful pieces of glass were used.
On the day
of the window's completion, the tiny piece of clear glass was
still lying on the ground. The entire city gathered to witness the
unveiling of the brilliant and beautiful stained-glass portrait.
The artist stood in front of the crowd, made his speech, and
dramatically pulled down the cloth cover. The crowd gasped at the
beauty of the colorful window glowing in the sunlight.
After a few
seconds, however, the crowd grew silent. They sensed that
something was missing, that the portrait was unfinished. The great
artist then walked over to where the little clear piece of glass
lay, picked it up, and placed it in the portrait, right in the
center of Jesus' eye. As
the sun hit that little piece, it gave off a dazzling
sparkle. The magnificent stained glass window still draws
visitors. The first thing they see is that sparkle in Jesus' eye.
Do you ever
feel like that little piece of clear glass? You doubt you can ever
do anything for God.
story of that last little piece remind you that God thinks of you
as the apple of his eye. (Psalm 17:8).
that in your eyes you don't measure up to others; you are an
important to God. That is why He sent His Son Jesus to die for