Beauty and Function

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

– William Morris

 

William Morris, an English textile designer, artist, writer, and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and English Arts and Crafts Movement.

William Morris, an English textile designer, artist, writer, and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and English Arts and Crafts Movement.

I am on this kick right now to rid my home of anything I’m not using. For too long have I been lugging around baggage from years gone by that is only collecting dust. Therefore, when I came across this quote today I had to post it as a record of this season in my life.

It’s lovely that Morris connects the ideas of useful (or functional) with beautiful. I believe true beauty must be functional. Otherwise beauty is mere vanity.

True beauty serves a very important purpose as it warms and uplifts the heart in remembrance of the Creator of beauty, even if it’s on a subconscious level of thought. When I see true beauty it resonates with my soul, brings me peace, and merriment of heart, without me even realizing it’s happening sometimes.

It has been written, “a merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” {Prov 17:22}. I wonder if the writer of those words ever connected beauty with it’s merry-heart-function? If we surround ourselves with true beauty, I wonder if we will notice a difference in our countenance.

I find it intriguing that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” so they say, but the merry-heart-function of beauty is the same for every beholder, regardless of what they consider beautiful. Don’t you think?

profound

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein

the perfect role model

For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:  Who did no sin*, neither was guile** found in his mouth:  Who, when he was reviled, reviled*** not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to Him that judges righteously.  1 Peter 2:22-23

By personally accepting Christ’s love and sacrifice for us on a daily basis, we are given His power to accomplish His example and become like Him in character; that no matter what comes our way, we would be without guile, without reviling, and without threatening towards others, committing ourselves to God, who alone judges righteously.

I have not found a greater example to follow in any other human being or religion, than the example given to us in Jesus Christ.  I want to be more like Christ!

 

 

 

*sin – transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4)

**guile – (noun) insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

***revile – (verb) to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.

waiting in faith

“One good rule to keep in mind is that there are no crises with God, for no human problem can baffle His wisdom.” –Who Waits in Faith by Harry Tippett

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