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In the Eye of the Beholder

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

— Luke 12:27

Through my eyes, God sees the perfection of His Kingdom. I, too, see perfection in all creation … the beauty of the omnipresent God.

— The Science of Mind, page 231

In the Eye of the Beholder

After spending several hectic hours in a shopping center, I started back to the parking lot and my car. I looked up at the sky and lo! the sunset was a blazing sea of molten lava … baking the earth in its love. I paused, drinking in God’s Beauty. Then I looked around me and to my dismay, dozens of disgruntled people were rushing to their cars, their eyes down. “Look up,” I silently called to them, but alas! to no avail.

Then I remembered an acquaintance who invariably complained of the heat, the rain, the insects, the way people treated her, and much more. She never called attention to the beauty that surrounded her … she ignored it. She chose not to tune in to the beauty of God that is always there. She forgot that the tree flowers whether anyone watches it or not. But what a blessing to watch the flowering! I felt lovelier and happier just to be aware of the fact that I could observe beauty instead of ignoring it. The choice is up to me … the beholder. I choose beauty … which shall it be for you?

Today I see only whatsoever things are beautiful.

If I find myself seeing something else,

I shall readjust my “glasses” until I perceive the

Christ within each man and woman and see

God’s perfection in all creation.

Today I behold only whatsoever things are beautiful.

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