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Outside vs. Inside

When I feel stressed or overwhelmed, I like to go outside and take a break from myself and the building anxiety. The world can seem overwhelming when I look at it from inside my limited perspective. Going for a walk gets me out of my head and puts me in touch with something bigger than myself. Being outside in nature changes my thinking by reminding me that God is in charge of all creation.

A good walk changes not only my mind but also my attitude. Getting outside broadens my perspective and makes me grateful for life's everyday pleasures. Looking up at the trees, feeling the wind on my face, and listening to the birds helps me to stop taking myself so seriously.

God reveals Himself in nature. Creation testifies to His existence. We cannot create one single blade of grass, let alone all the beauty surrounding us—nature ministers to us daily by just going outside. Observing the wonders of nature humbles me and creates a deep admiration for God, the Creator.

While there are serious stressors in life, and it is easy to get upset by them, life goes on without me. I am just passing through and want to spend my time on things that matter.

Micah 6:8 in the Message says it well: "What God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don't take yourself too seriously—take God seriously."

Instead of getting so distraught over my problems on earth, I want to get outside myself and care more about what God cares about. God has a good plan; although it is not easy, and I don't always understand it, I trust Him and can do my part by spreading faith, hope, and love that will last far beyond my short time on earth.



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