The challenges to our spiritual growth are many, often taking subtle forms that hinder our connection with God. Daily tasks and responsibilities, such as endless emails, never-ending to-do lists, and important meetings, can weigh us down, preventing our souls from soaring to heaven.
To counteract these hindrances, we must recalibrate our value system and learn to appreciate the beauty and majesty in life. By cultivating the discipline of beholding, we allow our souls to be uplifted by the glory of God’s creation.
The modern world often values productivity and utility above all else. This focus can be traced back to the Industrial Revolution, which led to improved living conditions and material wealth. However, our preoccupation with utility has conditioned us to neglect experiences that do not produce tangible outcomes. This mindset often prevents us from appreciating moments of beauty and contemplation, which are essential to our spiritual growth.
To reorient our priorities, we must recognize the value of experiences beyond mere productivity. Ancient philosophers, such as Plato, believed that beauty had the power to elevate our souls and connect us with greater realities. By beholding beauty in nature and art, we can open our hearts to the majesty of God’s creation, transcending the mundane pressures of daily life.
All earthly beauty stems from the Creator Himself, the ultimate source of glory and majesty. When we witness expressions of beauty on Earth, we are glimpsing a reflection of God’s own beauty. By intentionally seeking out and contemplating these expressions, our hearts are drawn toward the divine source, and our souls grow wings.
Scripture also highlights the transformative power of beholding beauty, particularly in the face of Christ. When we gaze upon His glory, our souls are inspired and strengthened, enabling us to overcome spiritual stagnation.
To break free from the shackles of busyness, we must make time for moments of beauty and reflection. Seek out opportunities to watch a sunrise, gaze at the stars, or appreciate the world around you. Pursue value beyond productivity and allow your heart to sing.
Most importantly, turn your gaze toward Christ. Read His Word, meditate on His majesty, and pray for a deeper understanding of His beauty. In doing so, your spirit will flourish, and your soul will soar. Embrace the beauty in stillness, and nourish your soul amidst the busyness of life.