The expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” hit a new high in my book a few short years ago. I was being taxi momma for my son Jack and two of his little buddies when the topic of Spring Break came up. I recall thinking “Oh, no!” I knew both boys had amazing Spring Break trips, and we had stayed home doing Spring chores around the house.
One friend very sweetly relayed stories of their trip to Maui with a dramatic snorkeling excursion, cool hotel and other assorted island adventures. The other, again, not in a braggadocios manner, shared about his trip to China and being a part of the Special Olympic ceremonies. Wow! Who in the world could top those? Then my son says, in the most enthusiastic tone, “I went to the dump with my mom and we threw so much stuff into it!” While acting out the motions with his arms, he went on… “You grab a hug trash bag, throw it in this giant dumpster and BOOM…CRASH…GONE! It was awesome!”
“From the mouths of babes.” I think of that car ride often when hearing about anyone’s fantastic adventure. I’ve also thought about it when we ourselves are on a family vacation. For some reason the innocence of it sticks in my heart. Going to the dump was a meaningful excursion for my son that day. I’m guessing that I, on the other hand, was probably saying to myself, “rasa-frasa dumpster.” Dare I say… “ALL moments matter?” It’s a beautiful thing to keep this sweet perspective in life. But sometimes it’s just plain hard to channel that inner 8 year old.
You can’t avoid seeing the “high-life” on Facebook and other social media outlets. We hit “like” even when we feel like hitting “really?” While it is meant to be fun, sometimes a couple hours of scrolling down can bring out negative thoughts like jealously and envy. How do we battle our hardened adult mindsets and follow the lead of innocence? How about a little humility and gratitude?
Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life” says “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is thinking more about others.”
How true. The more I study the Bible and see the inner beauty of God’s message to us, the clearer my understanding that there is no place for measuring. Gratitude is the weapon against our hardened adult hearts. Whether you carry burdens that are big or small; whether you are going to Maui or the Dump; each day is a beautiful gift from God, and we must choose how to respond to that gift.
How about a visit to the dump this week? Got something weighing you down? Put it in one of your trash bags ~ throw it in… BANG, CRASH…GONE!
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh