Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them. (Ps 111:2)
To be able to say and assent to the first phrase of this passage requires faith. What follows is appreciation and gratitude for those around me and all created things, including myself. This is the beginning of sanity and wisdom. The second phrase implies that we should be students of nature, of others and ourselves. Thus we should deeply appreciate and savour the gifts of nature, as well as exhibiting understanding and compassion towards others and ourselves.
Time and focus are required for each of us to be grateful and appreciate everything around us. We can speak and model behaviour for the young people in our care that demonstrates that we focus on what matters – rather than constant distraction. When we take time to focus on what matters we will know ourselves better and be better placed to exhibit understanding and compassion to others…and ourselves.
Have a great week!