You are Beautiful
Sometimes I become so busy and self-absorbed that I forget the beauty of the people I care about. I overlook the immense respect that I have for my husband. I neglect the special connection I have with my sister. I take for granted the love and joy I feel for my children. And I see past the sweet wisdom of my friend. Worst of all, I close my eyes to the majesty of my Heavenly Father.
But I am reminded. I am reminded by a song on the radio, the words of a believer and the glory of the sun-touched bay that God is awesome and all the earth sings His praises. He is beautiful, and He has created everything in this world to exclaim His glory. I close my eyes in shame and plead for God to forgive my selfishness. How could I have forgotten His beauty? How could I have forgotten His Majesty? How could I forgotten His love?
I pray that God reminds me every moment that He is good and His love for me is everlasting. I ask that He allow me to appreciate the beauty He sees in my husband, sister, children, friend and stranger. I want my heart and eyes to focus through the lens of God’s love, so that all that I see will be valuable to me. I am blessed to be a part of God’s splendor, and I do not want to live life with eyes shaded by the ugliness of sin.
Though I will never fully understand fullness of God’s beauty, I pray that I can experience glimpses of it every day. I never want to take for granted the gratitude I have to be in His presence, living in His creation and forming relationships with His people.
“Honor the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.”
Psalm 29.2 (NLT)
“Father, help me to see past my sinful nature so I may be surrounded by Your perfect creation. I want to see the beauty in the people that You lovingly made and willingly sacrificed Yourself for. Bring to my mind the people I have taken for granted and show me their beauty.”