Making beauty

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sometime back on a flight to Houston, Texas, I sat by an employee of a large amusement park in Georgia.

He was a young guy in his thirties, who was on his way for a job interview with a large amusement park in Texas. He said that he and his wife had been praying that they would do God’s will in the situation.

Believe it or not, the next day I ran into this same fellow at the airport in Houston, while waiting on my flight back to Atlanta.

On greeting him, I asked how the interview had gone.

“Fine, but the amusement park in Texas is not nearly as pretty as the amusement park in Georgia,” he said.

“So you’ll have to sacrifice beauty for responsibility,” I said.

Immediately, he replied, “No, I’m hoping to make beauty.”

All of us are put here to make beauty. The question is, How are we doing and that’s what the rest of this article is about. 

First, to make beauty is to recognize, as someone put it, that God cannot perform his noblest needs in our yesterdays.

However, we should remain on guard. It’s so easy to think, “I’ve done my part, I’ve accomplished my goals. I’m just going to put it in neutral and leave the rest to others.”

Second, to make beauty is to dislodge our negative outlook.

I read about a television reporter who was interviewing a group of astronauts about the opportunities and dangers of travel in space.

He concluded the interview by asking this question: “What do you think is the single most important key to successful space travel?”

One of the astronauts made an interesting response: “The secret of traveling in space is to take your own atmosphere with you.”

And that is also the secret of making lasting beauty. The key is to take our own atmosphere with us.”

Though the news or situations or circumstances are not always desirable, we don’t have to be influenced or destroyed by big doses of negativism. We can take our own positive atmosphere with us. I still appreciate the late Robert Schuller’s phrase, “Great people are average people with a different attitude toward impossible situations.” Making beauty is dislodging a negative outlook.

Third, to make beauty is to be community minded.

 It is when we move beyond all this and offer ourselves to the community with our energies, and spirits that we will make beauty. Making beauty always involves other people.

As I said earlier, all of us are put here to make beauty. The question is, how are we doing?