“In ordinary life, we hardly realise that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and theologian who died in a concentration camp in Germany in World War 2 (1906-1945).
Sometimes, the most profound wisdom is not merely found in the words that are used, but in the person who used them. And sometimes, as we see in this quote today, the significance of their words of wisdom is made much more profound because of who they are.
This quote is profound in itself – it’s a great quote. As we look around us, walking in the park by the pond and the lake, we see beautiful swans around us, making our day much brighter than it would have been otherwise. The dark foreboding water is offset with the grace and the beauty and the splendour of these magnificent birds. And we don’t do anything to deserve such a splendid scenery, we cannot do anything to make the swans appear; God merely provides.
But when you consider these words, consider the person who’s quote it is, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and theologian who died in a concentration camp in Germany in World War 2 (1906-1945). Such beautiful words, but what horrors had he seen? But despite the horrors, it seems he maintained a sense of gratitude and an appreciation of the beauty to be found in the world around us.
Whatever your circumstances today, may you take a look around you, and see – see, with new eyes, perhaps – the beauty around us. And let us give thanks to God for such splendour, despite our circumstances.
Coming soon – #WednesdayWisdom booklet, with a collection of quotes.