• Jennifer Williams

Beautiful Things in a Broken World

After a restless night, I grab a cup of coffee and sit with my Bible at my desk near the window. The autumn sun shines softly through the remaining leaves on our elm tree, filling my room with dancing shadows. A pair of house finches and a cardinal are enjoying breakfast at the feeder this morning. A blue jay lands on a limb calling out for his daily handful of peanuts. A few stray blooms dot the landscape having survived the first few frosts of fall.

My first thought this morning is beautiful things. Yes, this window offers me a view of beautiful things, but it goes much deeper than that. Titus 2:3 instructs older women (which is now my category) to live in a way that honors God and to be teachers of beautiful thingsto teach what is good. (TPT/ESV)

Now, more than ever before, our broken world desperately needs to discover and learn good and beautiful things. What are we teaching with our words, our actions, and our social media posts?

First, and foremost, our message needs to point others to Jesus. As we share the beauty of His sacrifice, His forgiveness, and His salvation, we reflect the beauty of the message.

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” (Romans 10:15 NIV) “the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7 NLT)

Our world needs His peace, His joy, and His rest. (John 14:27, John 15:11, Matthew 11:28)

Are we pointing the world to Jesus? Are we teaching good and beautiful things?

“Let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them.” (Ephesians 4:29 TPT)

Beautiful life-giving words release a sweetness to our souls and an inner healing to our spirits. (Proverbs 16:24 TPT)

That’s what our broken world needs. Beautiful things. Life-giving words. Encouragement. Grace. Sweetness for the soul. Healing for our spirits. The Good News.

My prayer for today - “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 ESV) Let me teach good and beautiful things to our broken world.