I looked down.
I didn't see what he had seen. He didn't see what I could see. Something was sparkling in the grass. It was 50p.
What do you see in this photo? Do you see a grey, damp,crumbling wall? Or is it the sunlight and the shadow of flowers which stand out?
What do you see as you walk through life? Do you see only the perils and hardships, or do you notice and appreciate the blessings and treasures? It's easy to be negative - at least, I find it so at times - but a focus on what is positive encourages and transforms us. Surely that's worth striving for.
Perhaps St Paul had something of this in mind, when he wrote 'Set your minds on things that are above, not on earthly things.' But he was really speaking about looking for the best within ourselves...in order that we can become the sparkling treasure reflecting the light of Christ to others on their journey; in order that the beautiful shadows on the grey wall of life may be ourselves , as we live in Christ's light.