What about us as people? What constitutes us as finished? In my way of thinking, we are never finished. We are constantly changing, growing and learning new things. God is continually molding and shaping us, little by little, layer by layer. I think that every now and then we reach points where we are more presentable to the public, or "frame-able" and then we go through another re-work, because even though we may look complete or appealing, we still have a lot of rough edges or beliefs that can be smoothed or refined. Does the state of completion that we are currently in negate the previous state? Of course not. To those that knew and loved us then, we were already quite becoming and yet, maybe the re-work is even more attractive. Of course, there may always be people who liked us much better before the re-work, when our beliefs more closely matched their own. What do you think? I know that many artists think of their artwork as their "children", so I considered my own kids. What do I do with old versions (images, video, written memories) of my kids in the different stages of their lives? I treasure them! I loved my kids in each and every stage (although I'm the first to admit that some stages were more trying than others), and I also love the people they are becoming. I wouldn't even consider getting rid of the older images or the past experiences, because they all represent a phase of their lives that was precious to me. In fact, the more they grow, the harder it is to hit the delete key on even the images that aren't as great as others taken on the same day.
For this reason, I've decided to keep both versions of the images (that's plural because I did the exact same thing to the second image I opened to remove the border from) on the website. Even though they both started from the same original and have many of the same qualities, they are completely different pieces and will mean different things to different people. Just because one is newer than the other, and may be more refined, doesn't mean that I, the artist, didn't give the first version my all or that I appreciated or loved it any less. I think that as people, we have a tendency to negatively replay in our heads the things we've said or done and we think thoughts like, "If only I'd known then the things I know now." I don't think that is how God feels when He looks at us. He knows what we will become and how He is going to use our current condition to get us there. Zechariah 4:10 says, "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand." (Zerubbabel was rebuilding the Temple). Even though the temple wasn't complete and only the foundation had been laid, God was happy with where Zerubbabel was in his task of rebuilding. Let's join God and rejoice in the seasons of our lives, our accomplishments, and ourselves no matter how "unfinished" we may appear.