Do you love beauty? I do. There’s just something about a beautiful picture, beautiful words, beautiful music, colors, smells, clothing, scenes…I could go on and on. Why do we crave beauty? Well, I crave it because it makes me feel better. When I see a beautiful scene of God’s creation, I am in awe of it. When I hear beautiful words spoken, I ponder them, and they speak to my soul,and I am inspired. Beautiful music stirs my heart.
I believe that God has put a desire in each of us to crave beauty. God created us in His image, and God loves the beautiful things. Just look at His creation, the variety and complexity of it all. Think of a sunset, a mountain scape, the ocean, a beautiful field of wildflowers that God planted. Think of all the beautiful animals, plants and living things that He gave us, such diversity, and beauty in them all.
The Bible tells us that “He hath done all things well.” (Mark 7:37)
I want to live a beautiful life for myself, my family and most of all my Lord. God’s Word encourages us to think on those things that are beautiful. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Why does God want us to think on these things, because it is good for us. We need to surround ourselves with those things that lift our spirits and inspire us to live a life worth living. If we go around with what Zig Ziglar called “Stinkin Thinkin” (this kind of thinking dwells on the ugly/negative things of life) we will be discouraged in our spirit, wrong in our attitude, and miss out on living a beautiful life. There’s plenty of ugly things to dwell on, but why do we want to do that?
Colossians 3:2 says “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” We are to have lofty thoughts (Philip. 4:8), a beautiful song in our heart (Ephesians 5:19), beautiful words to share with others (Ephesians 4:29), a beautiful attitude (Ephesians 4:32), and beautiful wisdom (Colossians 3:16).
A child of God shouldn’t have to live a life of defeat, fear and discouragement. We have been commanded to think about what’s good, and pure, and lovely for our own good. It is to help us live a beautiful life, even when life sometimes isn’t so beautiful.
To encourage you today, I have created a print to remind you to surround yourself with beautiful things. Just click on the image below, it will open in a pdf file so you can print it out. Have a beautiful week!