Is the pursuit of beauty worth of our time?
I asked myself this question awhile back because I was honestly wondering if creating and celebrating beauty was a valid thing to add to the list of all the tasks I must accomplish daily as a mother of three (soon to be four) small children. Truly curious to see whether God encouraged, or at least sanctioned beauty in our daily lives, I dove into scripture with a key word study.
What I found amazed me. From Genesis to the Job, Psalms to Revelation, I saw a beautiful God, celebrating beauty in every place, in every moment, and in every creature He created. Although sin has marred creation’s original beauty, we can see that God is working diligently around the world to redeem hearts, working to restore and reclaim the beauty of His creation.
Beauty is a priority to God! And because we are His children, it should be a priority to us, as well. Realizing God’s passion for beauty ought to move us beyond permission to dabble in pretty things to a commission to act as ambassadors of His beauty to the world around us.
So, how can we join our Father in pursuing beauty?
We should celebrate beauty, by pointing out a sunset, a flower, a smile. We should not overlook a single one of His fingerprints, but let each and every ounce of beauty be celebrated and praised.
We should collect beauty. As children created in His image, we have an inherent love for beauty. Surrounding ourselves with beauty nourishes our soul because it reminds us of our Father’s character.
We should create beauty. Whether it’s a pleasingly-plated meal or a becoming outfit, art spread on canvas or cultivated in a garden bed, actively engaging in the creative act reflects God’s character and His love of beauty to those around us.
Since realizing just how important beauty is in my Father’s heart, I’ve made time here and there for more celebration, collection, and creation of beauty. The results have been an increase of joy in my heart, my home, and my relationships. I’m thankful for the call to pursue and embrace beauty!
A challenge for you:
Make time this week to embrace a little more beauty in your life. Mark what the effort reveals to you about our Father’s heart, and notices how it affects your attitude. Did the pursuit make a difference in your day? I’d love to hear!
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