The nature of beauty, is the beauty of nature. The beauty that only nature can produce surrounds us every day. These amazing wonders are all around us right now, filling our world with super natural beauty. The earth has a beautiful song for those who will pause to listen. I believe that if we truly love nature, we can find beauty everywhere.
Nature is one of God's ways of telling us just how special we are to Him. Today, let us enjoy the gift of nature. Let us be thankful that we have seen an orange sky with purple clouds. How easy it is to forget that we have the privilege of living in God's art Gallery.
As I walk around the ancient log cabin I am drawn to this old walnut tree. As I look at the walnuts that litter the ground my mind travels back in time to another walnut tree. My grandmother (blinded at birth) had a tree just like the one I stand before today. I can remember helping her gather the earthbound walnuts, cracking, shelling and eventually eating them. She loved her walnut tree; it did not look like much and offered very little shade, but it had qualities she could easily see.
Her sightless eyes taught me how to locate the hiding walnuts, she could crack them better than I could and her arthritic fingers could shell them quicker than I could eat them. She was an amazing woman! Last nights storm shook the walnut tree’s limbs pretty hard, liberating many nuts that were attached the night before. Today they are scattered beneath the twisted branches of this gnarled tree. As I survey the fallen walnuts I am suddenly drawn to these three which are still attached and defiantly clinging to their branch.
The more I look at this persistent trio the more I admire them. They have a lot going for them and I am convinced that we could learn a lot from a few determined nuts. Perhaps their most significant lesson is the importance of stick-ability; hanging on when everybody else lets go. Think about it, who can minimize the importance of sticking to your job until one of you is finished. Persistence, determination and perseverance pay great dividends to those willing to hang on a little longer.
Let us realize that a great tree is only a little nut that held its ground. One of the major determining factors of true greatness is hanging on after others have let go. Happiness is a choice; choose to stick to something good today and hold on tight.
Something to think about:
Thankful for patient love and enduring friends
By Rickey Moore
Sometimes I forget just how powerful a simple smile can be. It has a way of diffusing tense situations. It has the power of reconciliation. It is what introduces us to new friends. A smile is the power behind first impressions. Every time you smile at someone it is an act of love, a beautiful gift to that person.
Have we forgotten how attractive a smile can be? I can remember the first time I witnessed the smile of my children; and how it made me feel. A smile takes but a moment but the memory of it lasts forever.
There are hundreds of languages around the world, but a smile speaks them all. Today, let your smile change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile. When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.
Do me a favor, and smile.
One of the biggest challenges in life is to be yourself in a world that is trying desperately to make you like everyone else. Every day children are being ostracized and bullied simply because they are different. And what crazy things we all do to fit into the popular crowd? We have felt the pressure to conform and heard the cruel jokes.
People laugh because we are different. Perhaps we should be laughing because they are all the same? Today, let’s celebrate our differences. Embrace what makes us unique and special and stop trying so hard to be like everybody else.
Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive, who is youer than you.
The worst thing I could be is the same as everyone else.