Stop and Watch A Sunset
Updated: Nov 23, 2019
All of us have been told, in one way or another, to take the time to stop and smell the roses.
As cliché as it may be, I think it is a pretty powerful metaphor to remind us to slow down and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.
Before I was a husband and a father, I often spent my evenings somewhere with a view of the sunset. It was my thinking place, my hoping place, my dreaming place, my peaceful place, especially if it was by a lake with a fishing pole.
I love observing the beauty in nature. It provides great perspective, reminding me that I am a small part of a much bigger plan, and as a small part, I want to do whatever I can to make a positive lasting impact on my surroundings.
I don't get to spend as many evenings in solitude, watching the sunset or observing the magnitude of nature, anymore. I have new priorities. But with those new priorities, I find the same beauty and hoping and dreaming and perspective in the lives of my wife and kids. While it's never as quiet, unless you wake up at 5 in the morning, it is exponentially more rewarding, and my family brings me great joy.
To them, I am a big part of the bigger plan, and I pray daily that I get my part right.