See life through a child’s eyes – it’s beautiful
What is about beauty that inspires us? Is it perhaps the God created something in us to recognize beauty because it reflects Him?
He is a visual God. I believe that God was abundantly creative in his expression of beauty. He didn’t have to make the flower that blooms so high on a mountain that no-one would see it, or the a puppy so adorable that your heart just smiles watching her play. He didn’t have to make the smell of the ocean so fresh and the curl of the waves so white that you sometimes stare in wonder at the beauty of it all. But, He did.
He didn’t have to make your baby stare at you with those fresh and innocent eyes or delight you with the love of a toddler’s sloppy kiss. All these images inspire us to love deeper. it’s because God is a visual God. He delights in beauty and so should you.
Childhood is not complicated; it is full of simplicity. If we look at life through their eyes, we will see that it is beautiful.
As Anne Frank wrote, “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” Let the beauty around you right now, bring a smile to your face. As you read this, pause for a few seconds. Look up and notice the beauty staring you in the face. There is a beauty around us everywhere we look but not everyone sees it.
We are beautifully made
Ephesians 2:10 says that we are God’s handiwork. Now, a while back, I might have just glossed over that passage but yesterday after I took my son to a physiotherapist, I read it differently. He went because of a tendon issue on his second toe of his left foot – pretty insignificant right? I thought so too until I watched her massage and manoeuvre this joint and work up and down his leg. It was then that I discovered how one little tendon and joint on his little toe could affect my son walked and the muscles on his leg. The physio described to us how intricately designed the body was formed. Did you know that the foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. How is that for detail? Our foot is a flat structure that supports our weight, but it sure does a lot of work!
My family laugh at me when we talk medical stuff because I’m not that way inclined. Suffice to say, yesterday, I just realised again, how excellently God has made each one of us. We are complex and intricately designed. And, yes, we are beautiful.
The Psalmist declares boldly, “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”
Tell your children they are incredible
Take some time today to remind yourself and your children that you and they are, indeed, beautiful. Practice different ways to say it to your children. Tell them that they are beautiful in more ways that one. Tell them that their eyes sparkle when they smile, that their muscles are getting stronger everyday, that they are kind and a good friend and that makes them beautiful on the inside.
When your son, shows self-control. Tell him that his strength under control is something to be admired. Tell them that you believe in them. Don’t forget to take them outside to see the sunset or to admire an eagle in the sky or to look for beauty in the not so obvious places. If you raise your son and daughter to see beauty in the natural and in the unseen places, they will see God at work and their lives will be richer for it.
The Psalmist: Psalm 139:14 Foot image: https://goo.gl/images/bFDFY1