“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake” (1 Peter 1:18-20).

In the art department, most of us probably fall somewhere between posters of monster trucks and decorative prints from Bed Bath and Beyond. A few people, however, get serious. They collect rare and exotic art. Sometimes vast quantities worth millions of dollars. If you’re seriously into art, it helps to be born a Rockefeller or to own Cleveland or something. An expensive hobby. Apparently, when a collector goes to a dealer or to an auction and acquires a priceless piece for a zillion trillion dollars, something interesting happens. The collector receives two paintings. One of the paintings is the real McCoy; the original and priceless piece of art touched by the hand of the master. The other is a fake. A very good fake.
I don’t know if this happens every time or if it’s just with certain high-performing dealers. These aren’t my circles. But it is common. You can probably imagine why they do it. The collectors hang the fake! The original is far too valuable to risk hanging over the fireplace in the living room. The original goes into a vault. I guess you can look at the fake and think about the original.

My reaction when learning of this practice was to think: “I’m hanging the original!” If I have to hang a fake because I’m so worried about the original, I think I’ll stick with monster truck posters. Which brings me to every single one of us as we face forward into 2018. Here we are, worth more than any priceless work of art. Shaped by the hand of the master. As I take the first step into 2018, I plan to hang the original on the wall. Enough with hanging up the fake and hiding the original away somewhere safe. Safe for what purpose? How about you? I say we take a risk and live life as it should be.

Adapted from “Team Update” (December 31, 2017) by Daryl Tol