Fridays here at Rooted in Beauty will be dedicated to Digging Deeper, by considering how we can incorporate beauty into our daily lives in new ways—how we can look for beauty in our days or offer beauty to those around us, or take time for creating, enjoying and being grateful for beauty.
To begin our year's journey, I will spend the first few weeks looking at the topic of beauty from a fly-over perspective. I will share some general foundational truths which I have discovered, so far, in my pondering.
Cliché and simplistic explanations rarely satisfy me, especially when they relate to a topic which is profound. I have been digging into beauty for, roughly, the past decade.
I have considered the topic by reading and noting what others say, by talking to God about beauty, by searching the scriptures for His design of beauty, by analyzing ideas of beauty with friends, by noticing all the created beauty around me, by examining my own desires—to be beautiful and to create beauty and to offer beauty to others, by observing cultural discussions around beauty, by learning about beauty in other cultures, and by paying attention to the way my heart responds to beauty in its various forms. Beauty is a complex, multi-faceted subject.
Three important truths I have learned in this decade of exploration are:
- Beauty originates in God and points us back to God; He creates, values and enjoys beauty. We, as his reflections, should do likewise.
- Beauty flows through the physical, but it does not originate in the physical realm.
- We must be intentional and deliberate in making beauty a part of our lives. It will not happen by accident, because true beauty is opposed. We battle for beauty in big and little ways.
These are not the only important truths about beauty, of course, nor are they discrete categories. But they are facets of beauty that I find myself returning to again and again.
Are any of these new ideas for you?
What would you add to the list?