If opinions were formed solely based upon the news media it would appear that we are surrounded by ugliness, greed and despair. Sadly, I fear many do form their opinions based upon only what they hear.
I choose not to live that way; surrounded by negativity, filled with anxiety, consumed in fear and seeing no hope for a better future. As I have shared previously, one of my favorite scriptures is found in Phillipians 4:8.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
So, in the spirit of looking for those things lovely, excellent and praiseworthy; I’m sharing a piece I discovered in one of my old journals. There isn’t a date attached to it but given the nature of some of the wording, I’m betting it was in the fall of the year. As we journey toward Easter let us search for the beauty each day. It will not be hard to find.
Day 1 Corkscrew ginger curls
Day 2 The gap from the loss of the first baby tooth
Day 3 Work-worn leathered hands
Day 4 Feet that bring you good news
Day 5 Eyes as they light up with recognition
Day 6 Cafe Au Lait skin
Day 7 Legs that wobble in first steps: whether baby or rehab or age
Day 8 Winesap apples ripening on the tree
Day 9 Hummingbirds that fiercely protect their territory
Day 10 Kitchen full of friends and family
Day 11 Silvered hair of wisdom and years
Day 12 Timid smiles through braces
Day 13 Story-time with a child
Day 14 Baked goods shared in love
Day 15 Eyes aglow from serving another
Day 16 Faded and tattered Mickey Mouse rediscovered
Day 17 Fog hovering over the pasture just after dawn
Day 18 Unique and original color combinations of fall
Day 19 Freckles
Day 20 Sound of a child’s first solo
Day 21 Perfect rosebud lips covered with chocolate
Day 22 Smile of anyone and everyone
Day 23 Meal prepared together
Day 24 Sound of my hubby’s breathing as he sleeps
Day 25 View from my porches
Day 26 Grandchild that effortlessly falls asleep during the drive home
Day 27 Receiving a new or deeper spiritual insight
Day 28 Homemade cinnamon rolls
Day 29 Treasures from the pockets of a 6 year old boy
Day 30 Spouse
Day 31 Generations worshiping together
Begin today. Be intentional and look for thing of real beauty. Enduring beauty. Do not be overwhelmed by negativity. We have a hope that is lasting. A hope that is enduring. A hope that brings us peace; his name is Jesus.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
In his beautiful grace,