Pastor's Monthly Message - February 2008

The Uncommon Value of the Common

Some of the things that we value most in life through we might not always realize it, are the most common. This fact prompted on author to say, "Genius is recognizing the uniqueness in the unimpressive. It is looking at a homely caterpillar, an ordinary egg and a selfish infant, and seeing a butterfly, an eagle or a saint." Well, that may be the essence of genius. It is the natural curiosity and imagination that makes a child stare at a bug or watch the clouds drift by. Little touches that are common to us all when we're young. Unfortunately, as we grow older, our world usually becomes more complicated, and in the process we lose sight of life's most valuable and lovely things.

Artists, composers, and other creative people make a life style of digging deeper into the sights and sounds that most of us pass over as being too common to concern us. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in one of his works, "the commonplaces are the greatest poetic truths." And poet Robert Frost wrote of birch trees bending, or of a quiet fork in the forest road and drew from them marvelous symbolism and messages for mankind. Each of us can partake of their creative experiences if we will sensitize our spirits to the goodness and beauty of the world around us.

Perhaps in no area of our lives do we need this appreciation for the common things as much as we do in our relationships with each other. Often, the common things people do are what make people uncommon, special, caring, and appreciated. Their common care and concern for everyone makes them uncommon.

And so, for those who have no eyes to see, no ears to hear, and hearts to feel the common things and so-called uncommon people of this world, are in reality a multitude of little miracles waiting for us to discover such discoveries that might be of greatest value and bring us the greatest peace.