Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

An ancient poet once wrote, (writing to God),
"What is man that You care for him?...
You have crowned him with glory and majesty!"

As I read those words this morning, I was taken aback by the thought of each and every human being crowned with glory and majesty.  I certainly don't, on most particular days, feel like I've been crowned with glory and majesty....and I REALLY don't see how that can be true of each person I meet.  Sure, the ones I really like might show how dignified and noble they are, but not the humans who annoy me, take the parking space I was waiting for, and leave the only available table in the Costco food court a complete mess...right?

But I came back to the phrase..."{God has} crowned him with glory and majesty."  The poet doesn't make a delineation between who has been crowned, but has the audacity to think that everyone has been crowned with this glory and majesty!!  And it got me thinking as to what would happen if I began to see people like this.  What if, with every person I met, I looked beyond the first impression and saw what God has placed upon them?...a crown of honor and distinction that keeps them in a state of great splendor.

What if I began to see others as God sees them?

I think I would see an amazing brilliance - perhaps the sparkling of that bejeweled diadem?  I would see a beauty so stunning there may be no words to use.  From my children, to the grocery story clerk, to the frustrating co-worker, I would see glimpses of glory and artistry that would take my breath away.  And you know what?  If I saw that, I might treat the other person as I saw them...not only as they are presenting themselves at the moment.  My eyes to see just might call that "crowned human" out of hiding into the open, to live out who they were created to be.  

And I might live differently too.  I might live as though my head was weighted with a garland of dignity and grace...and I might actually act like that!

Funny how choosing to see differently could change so much!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

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