The Beautiful Things We Miss

I don’t wanna miss it
I don’t wanna look back someday and find
Everything that really mattered
Was right in front of me this whole time.”

The Beautiful Things We Miss by Matthew West

This is one of my favorite songs right now. It talks about the importance of living in the moment and cherishing the little things. Playing with our kids, spending time with friends and family, enjoying a good song, the sunshine, even a nice walk or book. Before we know it our kids will be grown and loved will pass away.

We don’t want to miss the times we never bothered to cherish, Instead we should live life to the fullest. The point is to have joy now rather than hoping in a future that may never come.

All we have is this day, therefore we are to live one day at a time, not worrying about our future. God will take care of us if we just have faith. This does not mean He will prevent anything bad from happening to us. Instead, He will give us strength to get through the hard times and even find moments of happiness amiss our struggles or greatest times of sorrow.

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The inspiration for Matthew West’s new song “The Beautiful Things We Miss” first began surfacing in his mind during a hike he took in Colorado. Matthew, a beginning hiker at the time, paused to catch his breath; looking around he noticed something profound…

“I was just focusing on the ground in front of me and there’s all these roots from trees that had popped up that you kind of used as steps and if you didn’t see them you’d trip over them,” Matthew recalls. “At one point, I was just out of breathe and I stopped and for the first time in the hike I looked around me and it was like the most gorgeous scenery, it was just breathtaking. And, I literally had the idea the beautiful things we miss. Why? Because I was looking down the whole time I was hiking and I was missing what was going on around me.”

In this video about the story behind “The Beautiful Things We Miss” Matthew continues to describe what he discovered that day and how he applies it to his own life, with his family and career.

Lyrics

She puts on her makeup

And the last dress she remembers that turned his head

That time he said, “You look beautiful”

At six, the front door opens

And he doesn’t even notice

Kisses her cheek

“Baby, when do we eat

I’m starving”

Oh, the beautiful things we miss

I don’t wanna miss it

I don’t wanna look back someday and find

Everything that really mattered

Was right in front of me this whole time

Open up my eyes, Lord

Keep me in the moment just like this

Before the beautiful things we love

Become the beautiful things we miss

She hides out in her headphones

Texting on her cell phone

Daddy’s girl built a world behind her bedroom door

While he was working hard and providing

Bigger houses still get divided

Just yesterday she was on his shoulders, but today she’s older

Why do we get older

We don’t get to rewind

There’s no such thing as next time

Help me remember, help me remember, we don’t get this back

They were right when they said don’t blink

It all goes faster than you think

Help me remember, help me remember

The beautiful things we miss

Open up my eyes, Lord

Open up my eyes, Lord

I don’t want to miss it

No, I don’t want to miss it

Open up my eyes, Lord

Open up my eyes, Lord

Before the beautiful things I love

Become the beautiful things I miss

Publishing: © 2017 Highly Combustible Music / Atlas Music Publishing / House Of Story Music / Two Story House Music (ASCAP) (Admin. by Atlas Music Publishing

Writer(s): Matthew West and AJ Pruis

“I don’t wanna miss it
I don’t wanna look back someday and find
Everything that really mattered
Was right in front of me this whole time.”

— Read on www.air1.com/music/artists/matthew-west/songs/the-beautiful-things-we-miss-lyrics.aspx

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