Beauty is everywhere if we can take the time to look for it. Flowers tucked into gardens, a beautiful painting at the art gallery, a baby’s smile, a gorgeous view of the lake, a crackling campfire, and yes, even weeds!
During the summer months, I have been riding my bike in the mornings and though I don’t go very far, I have had some ‘Kodak’ moments.
These pictures are of weeds. The red berry plant is poisonous. I had to ask a retired forest ranger about that one. The other is a field covered in bright yellow flowers or should I say weeds. All so pretty, but all not good!
It reminded me about life.
There are some seemingly pretty fun and exciting things to do in life. It’s easy to justify. I hear comments like, “Well everyone is doing it, it is accepted by society, so it is what it is! That reasoning doesn’t mean it is good for us. It may look pretty and extremely enticing, but bottom line, it could result in bringing chaos and many times heartache.
I hear people say:
- The person I am dating seems ok and I am tired of being alone so I’ll just stick with them
- That outfit I just have to have, but the credit card is almost maxed.
- That TV show or book I am reading really isn’t gratifying but hey everyone else is watching it or reading those books. Must be ok.
- The party was fun and I know I am drinking way too much but hey everyone else is doing it.
- I deserve a break, so I am just going to go have fun and see what happens.
- The guy will break up with me if I don’t sleep with him. I don’t want to lose him but I feel sad that I have to give up my standards and belief system. I feel like the only one who has these standards of purity.
- God doesn’t seem to be answering my prayers, and someone at work was talking about a new belief system. Wonder if I should give it a try?
It’s easy to want pretty things, to desire to lead an exciting life because goodness knows, single parenthood is tough. I get that. I struggled with trying to make right decisions and unfortunately, I didn’t always do the right thing.
It’s like what the Apostle Paul struggled with when he said,
In fact, I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate. Romans 7:15(CEV)
I am so grateful for God’s mercy and grace. When I choose to walk toward what was right and God-honouring, He was happy to help me move forward. I also realized that temporal things don’t last, don’t make me feel pretty, or give me peace. Pretty can be lovely, but it can also be as useless as weeds.
Remember Eve in the Garden of Eden? That fruit looked so pretty, but the rippling effect of her decision continues today.
When we follow in God’s footprints, we will have true peace. That is really pretty!
Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. Philippians 4:7(CEV)
When life issues and invites come along, we have the choice to step back and realize it may look pretty but evaluate if it is good. When we choose what is right and good, peace will control the way you think and feel.
…and that my friends is so pretty!
YOU CAN DO THIS!
- Look around for things that are pretty.
- When life gives you options, evaluate if it is the kind of pretty that is God-approved.
- Memorize Philippians 4:7
- You are not alone. Get some advice if you are struggling with a decision. I did and it was so grateful.