How To Find Beauty and Joy


Phil. 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

How do you find beauty and joy? Read on.

I drove to my favorite hiking spot. Swerving around curves, ignoring the roaring stream to my left, I hurried. Narrow lanes and oncoming traffic made me not notice the overhanging rocks and icicles clinging to the ledges. I’d been down this road before, many times.

As I approached Meigs Falls, two people stepped out of their car. With cameras poised they shot pictures.


I hurried on.


Back up. (Although not on this road).

What was I thinking?

Focused on my destination, I ignored the journey. The stream bounded over rocks. The teal color of the water was magnificent in the February cold. And those icicles perched overhead? Gorgeous.

A canopy of rocks should never become a humdrum occurrence.

I remember when my friends first showed me Meigs Falls. In those days, I found the scene a jaw-dropping beauty worthy of continual photographs. For many months, I strained to glimpse the falls, and this day, with water close to flood stage, the falls put on a show. Why did I let my vision go stale?

So the answer to finding joy and beauty in a humdrum world?

One Secret: Approach life like a tourist

  1. You may not get this moment again. Life is fragile. Gaza is being destroyed. My friend’s son fell 114 feet when a crane collapsed. My brother died suddenly of a heart attack after God had miraculously cured him a year and a half before. Seize the moment now before it’s too late.
  2. Be ready. Tourists come prepared. Cameras, clothing, maps. They search, look, see. I live in a state of requisite beauty. My prayer as the mountain ranges come into view is, “God, never let me forget your glory.”
  3. Take your time. Would my friends have ditched me if I was five minutes late? If so, they weren’t my friends. When we hike, we stop and study wildflowers, windfalls, rocks, and rapids. We don’t need to simply mark a trail off our list. Why are we hiking? To savor God’s glory.
  4. Develop close relationships with those you tour this world with

    The wisest women I know. Surround yourself with the best

    . My two hiking buddies are more than exercise friends. They’re counsellors, wise women who know the Bible. Prayer warriors.

  5. Concentrate on what is lovely. Rather than racing down the winding road ignoring the beauty, focusing on my tardiness rather than the glory, if I relished the moment, revelled in the glory, life would be much more joyful.

When I travel, my vision is glued to the scenery. I stare out windows, crane my neck, make my husband stop. Maybe nothing spectacular passes my way, but the world catches my fancy. This makes me happy.




  1. What an inspiring reminder to “stop and smell the flowers.” Thank you, Carol.

    Several years ago, I found myself disliking the town in which I lived. So I decided to do an experiment. On one particular trip out of town, I decided that upon my return home, I would approach my town as a tourist.

    What I saw was amazing! Along the road were beautiful wildflowers I had never noticed before. Nor had I noticed the delcate pattern of sunbeams streaming through the evergreens. The experience gave me an entirely new perspective, and I began to appreciate my town like never before.

    So thank you for this beautiful reminder that it’s all about perspective. Beauty and joy are all around us, if we would only stop to look.

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