[843 acres] The Truth of Being Ruined

by Perryn Pettus
During my senior year of college, I spent an entire semester fastidiously choosing the perfect combination of color, size and style typeface for my design portfolio to present to potential employers. For most, who are unfamiliar or have never been trained in design, this would seem to be a vain effort. Michael Bierut, a partner in the Pentagram design group in New York, however, would not see my labor as fruitless. When describing an ill-fitted font that was chosen for a church in Cape May Point, New Jersey, Mr. Bierut said, “I wouldn’t choose it as a font for St. Agnes Church even as a joke. Every time I go by, my vacation is, for a moment, ruined.” [New York Times, Mistakes in Typography Grate the Purists]
Ruined. That’s exactly how I feel sometimes. I can’t pass by any sort of billboard or advertisement without critiquing the selected font, size, color, and style. I don’t think in the same manner as I once did because I now have a much deeper understanding of the true beauty of design. 
I often feel the same way about being a Christian. I am ruined. I have been enlightened to the true beauty of the Gospel and can no longer view the world as I did before becoming a Christian. In 1 Corinthians 13:11, Paul describes feeling the same way: “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” NIV.
When you think of your life as a Christian now in comparison to five years ago, do you feel ruined? If so, what a glorious ruin it is!

4 Comments to “[843 acres] The Truth of Being Ruined”

  1. Perryn, Thank you for this post. I was “ruined” when I was 12 years old. I went to Ecuador and saw about a hundred people – adults and children – digging in the city dump for food. It was a glorious ruining, though, because my heart was awakened for the poor and hungry. Seeing Jesus as poor and hungry himself has ruined me for those who are “less fortunate” (according to the world’s standards).

  2. Great post. I totally get this. The fact that I am “ruined” like this hits me every day it seems, especially during the holidays. Although sometimes I forget what I know and fall into the “I want this” and “I need that” mentality, then I remember that I already have everything I could ever want and everything I could possibly need.

    Amen for being gloriously ruined!!

  3. what a great way to put it. i’ve especially noticed this now that i’m a “grown up.” when you’re thrown into the real world, you can’t exactly chose who you surround yourself with. all but 3 or 4 people i spend most of my time with (co-workers), do no share or agree with my lifestyle. what i might have considered, some time ago, as “normal conversation” that i would have put no thought into joining, i now chose to remain silent in stead. old music i used to love, tv shows, all of it– i can’t laugh at or enjoy the same things. sometimes its difficult, but in no way is it a loss in comparison to the reward that awaits!

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