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His pockets were hanging heavy–pulling at the waistband of the aqua swim shorts. Shells nearly burst through the white netting as his small legs carried him along the water’s edge—taking him first in one direction and then another like the miniature sanderlings sharing the beach.

“Look, mama!” Ben’s tiny hand wrapped itself around another sandy treasure—shells of all shapes and sizes now shining iridescent from the washing of water. Scampering toward the place we’d located bags, towels, and sunscreen Benjamin carefully unloaded the contents of his sagging trunks into a plastic orange bucket.

“Ohhh…aren’t they beautiful?” my little boy whispered. And gently, he added each shell to the growing collection—precious, cared for treasures.

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In recalling this moment, I begin to wonder…what do I treasure? Where do I find joy? Does the beauty of God’s creation thrill my heart?

I have to admit that I’m often so consumed with the day-to-day of managing life that I forget to live. I don’t always notice the small things—that day’s gifts. The sunrise. The smell of rain on a chilly day. My child’s smile.  I overlook some of the things I should notice. A friend’s kind remark. An encouraging comment on Facebook. My husband’s warm embrace.

So today? My prayer is that I will delight in the little things—that I’ll start each day with the intent of gathering and collecting those things that matter eternally. My own precious treasures.

What about you, Friend? Do you need to stop managing and start living? What sort of heart collection will you focus on this moment…this day…this week?

 

Scripture for Reflection

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalm 100:4

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Van Gogh.  Picasso.  Cassatt.  The names alone evoke images of world-renowned masters and their work–each artist  sharing a glimpse of the world as he imagined it.  Some images are bold and colorful; others a melding of shadows.

In the same way, God is creating His own masterpiece in each of us.  Every experience, circumstance, or emotion we encounter becomes part of the canvas–representing our struggles and triumphs, joys and sorrows, secrets and revelations.

And, if we look carefully, we’ll notice the Master’s  brushstrokes.  Do you see them?  They’ve smoothed the rough areas and shed light on the dark places.  He’s taking painstaking care to create an amazing work of art–a representation of someone beautiful and unique–you.

…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6 NIV)

The work may not be finished yet, but the outline is clear.  And the artist?  He already knows who you’ll become.  Perfect…incomparable…transformed.

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