• Whitney

Everyday Beauty

It’s easy to see the beauty of God’s creation while you’re on vacation, riding down the lake in your bass boat, or hiking through the forest. It’s easy to think of how magnificent creation is while watching the waves crash into the shore and directly be pulled back to sea. It’s easy to see the beauty of mankind while looking into the face of an innocent, newborn child. It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of nature while surrounded by butterflies at the zoo.

But then again, it’s hard. It’s hard to see the beauty in day-to-day life. It’s hard to stop in the middle of a busy schedule and look at the atmosphere that surrounds you outside of your office, in the middle of your college campus (where I’m currently writing this), or in the view of the hospital window outside of the room that your loved one just cannot seem to become well enough to check out of. It’s hard to see the beauty of mankind while watching the news that portrays a world that just seems to be going down a negative spiral. It’s hard to appreciate the beauty in the tree that you almost hit every time you pull out of your driveway. It’s seemingly impossible to see the beauty of the ocean when you’re hundreds of miles away.

Nevertheless, we must strive to see the beauty in each day. Strive to see the positive in even the most seemingly negative situations. Look at the beauty surrounding your car on your morning commute to work. When you’re feeling down, think about all of the times that the ocean meets the shore and what the crashing waves sound like. Look into the faces of your friends and family members and learn to appreciate God’s magnificent creation. Listen to people while they talk about things that they love; I promise this will leave you with a new appreciation for them.

Take a moment, walk outside of the normal walls that enclose you, whether you walk out onto your porch or drive to the middle of the woods and take a hike, and take some time to talk to God while in the midst of his creation. Take time to tell him everything. We are so quick to pray in a rehearsed manner that we often forget that we can talk about the simplest and most complex things. Tell him about the caramel latte you drank this morning, your relationship with your family, your career, your future, your struggles… literally anything that you need to talk about. Leave whatever is weighing you down in the middle of nature somewhere and refuse to pick it back up. Leave the negative and bring the positive home with you.

Then take a moment to reflect on your day and your time spent with Him. Let yourself be taken back by the world around you. Fall in love with your Savior all over again, fall in love with his creation, fall in love with this beautiful mess of a world that we live in, fall in love with yourself, fall in love with those around you.

Take some time to find the beauty in today. I promise it’s worth your time.

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