Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom: Look, Give, Laud, Outlove

Wednesday Wisdom didn't seem very promising today.  It's been a rough couple of weeks for me and for a lot of my close friends.  We all seem to be carefully going through our days to deal with difficult circumstances, help those dealing with worse circumstances than our own, and remaining seemingly normal at work.  My heart is full of....a lot. 

Then, I read a blog post by one of my favorite bloggers and she quoted a few paragraphs from singer/songwriter and author, Andrew Peterson. 
One of the lines in the excerpt she used was, . . . to look for the light in people (and things!), to give them the benefit of the doubt, to laud their beauty, to outlove unloveliness.

Just typing that and re-reading it brings me a little morsel of peace.   Each little phrase could be it's own blog post!  Andrew Peterson stated those words in reference to something else entirely and my blogger friend included it in a post for her own reasons, but when I read it I felt like everything around me became illuminated.  It touches perfectly on what I have been thinking and feeling and discovering lately. It's like a mission statement.  Can you imagine going through life with those goals?

To look for the light in people.  That means ALL people. 

To give the the benefit of the doubt.  Gah!  That's difficult, but when I receive the benefit of the doubt from others, it's magnificent! 

To laud their beauty.  I looked up the word laud.  It is not just another word for praise but the definition also says to sing praise.  To laud someone's beauty is to really appreciate it and make it known to them on a deeper tell them they are worthy.  My Grandpa L-F does this.  Everytime I see him, he walks toward me, undistracted and takes my face into his hands.  He looks, really looks at my face, into my eyes and tells me that I'm beautiful or sweet or he just smiles and says, "I love you."  And I believe it.  There's no distraction in this exchange, no agenda, just a grandfather telling his granddaughter that she's beautiful and worthy from the inside out.  What if we treated more people like this?

To outlove unloveliness.  This is the part of the statement that struck me the most.  What a lovely thing to outlove unloveliness, there sure is a lot of unloveliness in this world. 

Look.  Give.  Laud.  Outlove

Thank you Ping and Pal for the inspiration!


  1. You did this so beautifully. I have had a hard time posting lately and I am glad you found some beauty in what I was trying to say. Thank you for using your words better than I could. I don't know for what exactly but i am praying for you.

  2. Thank you; I appreciate the prayers. I am in a good place, I know it doesn't seem that way, but feel like I am being made aware of things in a new way. I'm feeling overwhelming compassion and also pain for others who are going through a lot and it's making more introspective than normal...which I didn't think was possible! :)

    Sounds strange but I honestly think God is providing me with an awareness and growth opportunities to prepare me for something. . .something good? something bad? something difficult? that's the question!

  3. Comments from Facebook:

    Amy Moser:
    LOVE these thoughts!

    Mark E. Hill:
    Once more, "well said".

  4. Good thoughts . . . I really like what you wrote. :)

  5. What a beautiful prayer this makes - let us be more like Christ and love the unloveable, be authentic in that love, see them as He sees them and believe the best in all people by seeing them through His eyes. Well said :)

  6. This post is so heartfelt & beautifully expressed. I also loved the thought of outloving unloveliness. Such an evocative train of thought that could do well to turn into a way of life!

    I'm going to write down that excerpt in my quote book and keep it in my heart. Thank you for sharing!

    Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling