At the Start

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous. (Amelia E. Barr, 19th-20th century British teacher)

We marvel at the arrangement and beauty of a work of art–in literature, painting, or music. We rarely think about how it began—an idea, a word, a brush stroke, or a note on the piano. But, as Barr suggests, the beautiful things we enjoy didn’t come full blown; they were developed slowly from a simple beginning. Start with the simple and work toward the marvelous.

Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment (Proverbs 9:6).