Chesterton on the Beauty of the Ordinary

Many times the beauty and awe of the ordinary – a sunrise, a star-lit night, the smile of our spouse, the laughter of children, the singing  of birds, the smell of a flower – become so familiar that we no longer appreciate them. G.K. Chesterton challenges us to fight against having our spirits numbed by familiarity.  He challenges us to become more like children and our Heavenly Father on this issue.

Children always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead.  For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony.  But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony.  It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon.  It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daises alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them.  It may be that he has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.

     G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

May God give us a child-like view of everyday beauty that propels us to rejoice in His creative genius.  


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