Look Around

Today, take some time to stop and look around. I know it’s Monday. I know it’s going to Monday all day long. I know that many of us have long weeks ahead, full of tasks and worries and stress.

I totally understand that.

And because of that, those of us that are extra busy or extra worried need to stop. And look around.

Listen to the words of Psalm 89: 5-11 this morning:

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.

sunsetLet the heavens praise you, O God. You rule the raging sea. You still the waves. The heavens are yours. The earth is yours. All the world is yours.

Today, stop and look around at the wonders that God has made. Stop and look around at the glory of God that’s all around us.

The beauty and power of creation. The sun rise (for early folks!), the sun set (for later folks!). God’s glory is all around.

The laugher of children. The virtue of hard work. The gift of health and family. The grace of friendship and of love.

The joy of salvation.

Take a moment today to look around. See what God is doing. See the small blessings. See the quiet glimpses of grace. The small wonders of God’s mercy.

Look around. And you will be blessed. You will be stunned. And you will be thankful. For we will see just how, and how glorious our God is.

And we will see just how much it is that He loves us.

Today, take time to stop. To look around. And behold the glory and beauty of God!

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You are Beautiful

Thomas is excited because today is “mismatch” day at school. He is wearing one of his crocs, and one of his flip-flops. I never thought he’d like anything as much as his crocs.

Until he got his flip flops. He thinks they are the coolest thing ever. He has hasn’t told me why, but I think it’s because he thinks it’s cool he gets to see his feet all day long.

It’s like being barefoot, except not.

We don’t often think of feet as cool or neat, or really something worth talking about about.

But Paul listen to what Paul says today in Romans 10: 14-15

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Paul says today that when are our feet are obedient and take the gospel to others, they are beautiful. They are beautiful for they are being used for a beautiful purpose.

To tell others about the grace of God.

There is not a part of us, of our story, of our lives, of all that we are, that God can’t use for beauty. There’s not a part of us, that when we submit it to God and use it for His purpose and plan that isn’t beautiful.

Today, you are beautiful. Today, through His grace and for His purpose, you a beautiful.

Today, live in His grace and for His purpose. And through that, know how beautiful you are.