Once upon a time, back when I was in high school, I ran a half-marathon near Moab, Utah and then spent several days camping and exploring with my family in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

For those who haven’t been there, countless years of wind and water eroded away areas of seemingly solid rock, leaving behind meandering canyons, scenic buttes, and huge arch, bridge, and needle formations.

The landscape was spectacularly beautiful and the sheer size of the arches made me feel extremely small.

All because of erosion.

When it comes to my life, I sometimes worry that stress and cultural messages could eat away at my values. Yet the same pressures of life trim my misplaced priorities and reveal the core of what’s really important. Erosional forces keep me from relying on the illusion of strength. When all else is stripped away, there is beauty to be found when inner character is revealed. I become like a block of stone in the hands of a sculptor.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

Like erosion, God is constantly at work to shape my character into a thing of beauty.

What about you? How can you prevent the erosion of values? Are you open to letting God carve away unnecessary areas to reveal your inner beauty?

Creation Declares – Erosion
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