Editor’s Note: Ronnie McBrayer, author of the Keeping The Faith column, has signed an exclusive syndication contract and his columns will no longer appear in Carroll County News. We are introducing a new column today, I Can and I Will by Rick Stanfield. We hope you enjoy it.
There’s no better feeling than finding life’s little hidden treasures. God has provided us a world of beauty through landscapes, creations, people and images. Sometimes we hurry through life in a frenzy to get to our next destination, battling for the promotion, or simply trying to outpace the Joneses, that we miss what God intended for us to enjoy.
I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and I notice little things like an old building, barn or railroad trestle. People are driving by at lightning speed, while I’m slowing down to look at the beauty of a simple part of our past that holds an elegance which is difficult to recreate in today’s world. I stop at the traffic signal ahead, and before I can take my foot from the brake to the accelerator, the car behind me is honking his horn for me to go. As irritating as it is, I cannot get angry because I was the same way a few years ago. I hurried through life at a lightning pace as if I were going to miss a finish line ahead.
For some reason, I don’t think that God’s intention was for us to drive through California’s majestic redwood trees in a sportscar at the speed of sound. I do, however, picture taking that ride with my dad. He’d be driving a 1956 Chevrolet pickup with the windows down on a sunny day, without a cell phone in sight. We would take the time to be in awe of the natural beauty that surrounded us and have a simple conversation about nothing.
Slow down. Look around at the hidden treasures provided for us every day. Let’s not be in such a hurry to get to the finish line. We know the destination is heavenly, but why not create some beautiful memories along the way?
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Rick Stanfield is a syndicated columnist, motivational speaker and author. His latest book is “I Can and I Will.” For more information, visit his website at www.rickstanfield.com