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.
Thanks, everyone! I am glad to see others who share my thoughts on it 🙂 Check out my blog, as well! http://www.prov31aspiration.com
Amy Walker says
Wonderful thoughts and encouragement!
Tori Venable says
Love this so much! When she said “God may need to change your heart before you effect another person’s.” that stuck with me and it’s so true!
The “smaller” beauties of life can become so insignificant especially for me when I’m always on the go. So for me sitting back with a journal in the open allows me to do some reflection and I usually see how big the small things really are.