PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by Richard Carlson in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“It’s easy to see God’s
beauty in a beautiful sunrise, a snow-capped mountain, the smile of a
healthy child, or in ocean waves crashing on a sandy beach. But can we
learn to find the holiness in seemingly ugly circumstances – difficult
life lessons, a family tragedy, or a struggle for life?

When our
life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday things,
something magical begins to happen. A feeling of peace emerges. We begin
to see nurturing aspects of daily living that were previously hidden to
us. When we remember that everything has God’s fingerprints on it, that
alone makes it special. If we remember this spiritual fact while we are
dealing with a difficult person or struggling to pay our bills, it
broadens our perspective. It helps us to remember that God also created
the person you are dealing with or that, despite your struggle to pay
your bills you are truly blessed to have all that you do.

Somewhere,
in the back of your mind, try to remember that everything has God’s
fingerprints on it. The fact that we can’t see the beauty in something
doesn’t suggest that it’s not there. Rather, it suggests that we are not
looking carefully enough or with a broad enough perspective to see it.”

                      Richard Carlson, PH.D., in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”

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