Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Rose By Any Other Name

Happy Valentine's Day! There is something inhierently beautiful about a rose. Is it the color, or the scent, or the shape of the petals? Haven't met a person yet who can't appreciate the beauty of a rose.

The real topic here is beauty. Is it in the Eye of the Beholder? Or is beauty something else. Something created by a Creator? There exists an Absolute Truth, and there are absolutely Good Morals. Where does Beauty fall? In the eye of the beholder, or like other absolutes, a taste we must acquire?

Paul encourages us in Romans 12:2 "Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." Certainly, things that are good, pleasing and perfect could be considered beautiful too. To be able to recognize what is beautiful, we must transform our mind.

And sometimes our home. Look around your home and see what is good, pleasing and perfect. Pick one spot to display something beautiful. Something that lifts your mind to Jesus, and out of the day to day stuff! Simplify what you display by choosing what you like best. Pack up the rest and put it away for awhile. If you find you don't need the extra stuff, then you can decide what to do with it. In the meanwhile, you will surround yourself with what is "good, pleasing and perfect." Allowing Jesus to transform your home through Beauty, one spot at a time.

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