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By Jude-Mary Owoh
Mon, 05 Nov 2018


‘Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead.’ – Philippians 2:3,4

Someone sent me a link to view a video online but before the video started playing, there was an advert of some celebrities visiting a destination in the Middle East. And they were so full of praise for the beauty and glory of the place. Besides the fact that this is just an advertisement, it would really be pleasing to see people take pride in their own home, their culture, their heritage, highlighting its beauty and what can be improved. Tourism and travelling have their advantages but they do not teach you much if you lack the power to see that there is beauty all around you. For this to happen, we have to evolve a mentality that identifies the good in the things that surrounds us, because there is beauty all around us. You don’t have to travel a million miles to find beauty, least of all brag about it as an achievement. True beauty lies in every soul because we are all created in the image of the Master Artist.

Our God is so masterful in His craftsmanship that he does not repeat Himself. Everything and everyone He creates is unique, original and irreplaceable. What you create as a person reflects the beauty of God in which He has created you. But when you neither see your beauty nor express it creatively, you cannot make beautiful things or preserve those that are in existence. Saint Paul hints at the beauty all around us when he admonishes us to consider others to be better than ourselves. This will prompt us to care for them. Jesus wants us to see that even those that society rejects have something to offer us. The care for the poor, crippled, lame and blind, the environment and our immediate surrounding are our responsibility. They offer you an opportunity to enhance God’s creation, making it a spectacle for others to revel in. You also gain graces and the rich treasures of generous love.

Lord, thank you for the beauty of the world around me. May our work enhance its beauty and not disfigure it out of selfishness.

Philippians 2:1-4; Psalm 131:1-3; Luke 14:12-14


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