Over 2,000 years ago a young Greek artist named Timanthes studied under a respected
tutor. After several years the teacher's efforts seemed to have paid off when Timanthes
painted an exquisite work of art. Unfortunately, he became so enraptured with the painting
that he spent days gazing at it. One morning when he arrived to admire his work, he was
shocked to find it blotted out with paint. Angry, Timanthes ran to his teacher, who
admitted he had destroyed the painting. "I did it for your own good. That painting
was retarding your progress. Start again and see if you can do better." Timanthes
took his teacher's advice and produced Sacrifice of Iphigenia, which is regarded as one of
the finest paintings of antiquity.
Today in the Word, September 2, 1992.
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