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Finding Beauty In The Smallest Things

My daughter Faith, 6, has an eye for design. She sees ducks in clouds, penguins in leaves. She notices colors and patterns where you wouldn’t expect to see them. Most recently, she noticed a tiny rock in the shape of a heart – she was psyched! It made her happy.

This lesson of finding beauty in the smallest things is nothing new. I’ve known it for years. Rarely do I practice it though. Instead, I spend my time focusing on things that are wrong, or that aren’t going the way I think they should.

This is not the way to live. It’s unhealthy. To learn how to be healthy, kids are great teachers. They naturally experience the wonder and joy of so many things.

Wonder and joy get snuffed out in us over the years. Why? We let it. It doesn’t have to – nor should it – be snuffed out. I think we assume it’s the natural process of growing up. It’s actually the ugly process of dying. Instead of our spirits lighting up with the wonder and joy of life, we’re bogged down with worry, fear, anxiety. It’s a slow torture. It sucks the life out of us.

Let’s keep our eyes out for the wonders and miracles that God shows us. They’re there. We just have to celebrate them. We can start small. A tiny pebble will do.

Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson


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  1. Amen! To all those fellow Joy seekers, read Mike Yacconelli’s Dangerous Wonder. Its a treasure grove
    for those seeking to recapture or protect living out and experiencing a Joy filled lif and living out a vibrant faith.

  2. Julie Bond Genovese says:

    OMG you are a whole family of writers! Well said Ted! Kids are so tuned in to the beauty in the ‘small’ things – thank goodness they keep re-minding us <3

    • Ted Olson says:

      Thanks Julie! You’re an inspiration to us all! (PS – Nicole taught me how to write, literally)

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