Praise-Palette: A New Spiritual Discipline?
I've got this idea for a kind of spiritual discipline in which you actively and intentionally look for the most common and everyday thing, the most overlooked thing, and you simply refuse to "overlook" it. You contemplate its beauty and its place in creation, and you praise God for it.
Well, thinking about this led me to think about colors, because colors are very overlooked (at least by me), and to think about praising God for colors! And then I started thinking about picking a single color each day, and looking for that color in the course of the day, and cataloguing the beautiful instances of that color that you come across, making a list, and at the end of the day praising God for that color. One color per day, right through the crayon-box!
What do you think? Have I lost my mind? Well, if I have, a blog is the perfect place to lose it, don't you think?
So I decided to do some research. The first box of Crayola crayons (back in 1903) contained these colors:
Black / Brown / Orange / Violet / Blue / Green / Red / Yellow
I could start with these. But then again, I could get really ambitious. I could expand my praise-palette to include all the colors from the 64-color box introduced by Crayola in 1949 (which is probably the set of colors I used as a boy):
Apricot / Gold / Orange / Silver / Bittersweet / Gray / Orange Red / Spring Green / Black / Green / Orange Yellow / Tan / Blue / Green Blue / Orchid / Thistle / Blue Green / Green Yellow / Periwinkle / Turquoise Blue / Blue Violet / Lemon Yellow / Pine Green / Violet (Purple) / Brick Red / Magenta / Prussian (or Midnight) Blue / Violet Blue / Brown / Mahogany / Red / Violet Red / Burnt Sienna / Maize / Red Orange / White / Carnation Pink / Maroon / Red Violet / Yellow / Cornflower / Melon / Salmon / Yellow Green / Peach (formerly Flesh) / Olive Green / Sea Green / Yellow Orange
Okay. I think I'll give it a try. I'll take the colors in exactly the above order. Tomorrow I hope to be praising God for apricot!