the beauty of the breeze,
families making sounds while playing outside,
friends taking walks,
and birds chirping.
I realized that all of these things are so beautiful in their own way, but we never take the time to appreciate them. They are everyday things for someone living in the suburbs… like brushing your teeth. It is not always something you pay attention to between your long list of things to do. That is a matter of perspective. When we are having a “bad day”, we groan at all of the small moments of irritation. But when we have having a “good day”, we think of those small things as so minimal compared to all of the positive aspects of our day. That is perspective. I dream of living in the mountains or by the ocean while I’m cooped up in my apartment. This hinders me from seeing any of the beauty around me in the city; from feeling God’s constant presence, even in a concrete jungle. This is perspective! I think He sometimes tries to mold our perspective back to what it should be, but our stubborn hearts refuse. We simply need to listen and pay attention!
My name is Kelsey Shanahan and I am a student studying Human Services. I am currently a Youth Ministry Associate at my church and hope to become a youth pastor after I graduate. I have a significant other and we plan to move to South Carolina in a few years after we get married. It has only been a year and a half since I came to Christ, but I now see my troublesome past as a blessing because I am better able to relate to the teens I work with! Connect with Kelsey via her blog, Prov31aspiration.