The Practice of Dwelling on Beauty and Excellence

I read this morning in Philippians 4:8-9:

“. .. whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

I think about practicing dwelling on good things. To practice means to repeatedly do something to gain expertise in it. The practice of recording beautiful moments for thousands of days has indeed brought a new, different, deeper peace. Beauty connects me again to worship. 

So we venture out, early and with expectation, to dwell in beauty. We find the first excellent thing right outside the door:

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