There’s something…beautiful (for lack of a better word) about the word beautiful. As I journey along life’s path, lessons seem to circle back to me via that one word. I’m certain a bit of it has to do with nostalgia. Yet, the word is also attached to a moment in my childhood that continues to teach and shape me today. Mark Batterson, in his book Soulprint, calls those times in our lives, life symbols.
If you’ve read my eBook, (and if you haven’t, why not? It’s free!) you know that when I was 8 years old the word beautiful caused “pain” in my life for one excruciating day. In the midst of my desire to give up and claim defeat, my mom came up with a creative solution to my dilemma. I have never forgotten that moment.
Because of this, lessons in my life always seem to circle back to that word. When I read a certain story in the Bible, when I listen to certain songs, such as this one, this one, and this one and when I read certain books. I come across this word and somehow it takes me by the hand and leads me back to the truths I need to cling to in my life.
- Don’t give up…walk through the pain…walk through the struggle. There is freedom and, yes, beauty waiting on the other side!
- Take time to look at or address the problems in your life in a more creative way.
- The nasty looking challenges we face today could turn out to be the beautiful message of hope He allows us to spread tomorrow!
I’m curious. Do you have a word, a life symbol…a defining moment in your past, that leads you to the truth you need to cling to?