And I think to myself, what a wonderful world


As I sit here looking out a window at a new sunrise the song “what a wonderful world” comes to mind. As you read the words think about the viewpoint of the author.

I see trees of green, red roses too,

I watch them bloom, for me and you

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world

I see skies of blue, and clouds of white,

The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,

Are also on the faces of people going by.

I see friends shaking hands, sayin’, “How do you do?”

They’re really sayin’ “I love you”

I hear babies cryin’. I watch them grow.

They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world

Yes, I think to myself

What a wonderful world.

This is one of my favorite songs. I like the idea of looking for the beauty in my surroundings. To view the world around us with optimism will either annoy you or bring a smile to your face. It is a matter of what you have stored up in your heart.

Luke 6:45 A good man brings good things out of the good things stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

What is stored in our hearts are the things we think about. Without a doubt a person’s thought life affects their actions. In a very real way what a person thinks becomes who they are, and who they are is reflected in what they say. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

My challenge for you in the New Year is to consider your thought life. Focus on the word of God. Look for the beauty in the everyday. Maybe you will truly say “What a wonderful world, oh yea.”

Rev. Burt Schwab

About burtschwab

I currently live in Iowa, USA. I serve as an assisting pastor of a unique small church. My goals are to simply live life as a journey and embrace each day. I am married to a wife with similar passions and that makes me a blessed man.
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