What kinds of things in your life would you attach the adjective resplendent to? Is there anything in your life that’s radiant, dazzling, and magnificent? I bet there is. Even if you don’t think so, I could almost guarantee there’s something. Maybe it’s fleeting like a sunset or a baby’s smile, but it’s still there. Brief shining moments that should not go unnoticed.
As you go through your week, keep your eyes open. Look for the resplendent facets of your life and be thankful.
Yesterday a very sweet friend of mine died. I haven’t wanted to face the fact that she won’t be in this world. I haven’t seen her for a few years because we moved away, and when I found out she was sick, I knew all I would do is cry if I saw her, but I’m very sad I didn’t get the chance to tell her one more time how special she was to me and how she gave me something resplendent. She taught me the incredible value of being thankful in the middle of anything. She kept a journal just so she could record something each day for which she could give thanks. It wasn’t always easy to come up with something, but she did. She even wrote a book describing her adventures hiking through the Smokey Mountains, and she shared her thankfulness and ability to see the resplendent things that were sometimes hidden behind her failures, circumstances, and fears.
So let me encourage you to look for the resplendent things in your life this week, and let those around you know just how much they mean to you. The ones we love, the people we look up to, the ones who teach us, they are resplendent.
In Loving Memory of Sue Jenkins
loving friend, mentor, mother, wife, hiker,
and precious child of God.