OK, I don’t know about you, but I am up to my ears in Coronavirus information. I am thankful that there is some useful information out there, but I am also realizing there is more information that we don’t know. And that speculation and conspiracy theory stuff is clogging my ears and fogging up my brain.
About six months ago, I ran into the concept of “Ugly Beautiful” and I am finding great comfort as I practice this perspective. Ugly Beautiful simply means that everything in life is a mixture of both ugly and beautiful. When life is scary and out of control, we tend to think everything is ugly. When life is going our way, everything is beautiful, as we ignore the ugly. But life is always a mixture of both.
Alright, I tend to be a glass full kind of girl, but this perspective is more than a personality profile. I also have conversations with people who feel guilty finding the beautiful in life when life sucks. When we see beautiful, we need to give thanks for it. I am trying to thank God for every drop of beautiful I see out loud or in a journal. Why not just think it? Because it is more real if I hear it or see it on paper. Then I see the reality of beautiful in the midst of my ugly. And the crazy thing is, it brings joy into my life when I give thanks for the beautiful that I already have all around me – while life is ugly.
Listen to this quote from Ann Voskamp’s book 1000 Gifts: “The brave who focus on all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world.”
I want to bring joy and light to Pine City, in the midst of the uncertainty of the Coronavirus. Why? Because beautiful is all around us right now: a blade of green grass, sun shining through the clouds warming my face, the smile of a child, a seed catalog coming in the mail, the smell of cinnamon bread in the toaster. Are you getting the idea?
So, my challenge to you and I is to keep our eyes peeled for the beautiful so we can be filled with joy and share that joy especially when we feel strangled by the ugly. I want to write and speak out loud the beautiful to Pine City. I want to be an agent of change, bringing Light into the darkness. That is exactly what God’s love does in our lives too. Thank you God, for sharing your greatness with me and Pine City. Thank you!
And wherever you are in your journey this week, Jesus loves you and so do I.