Someone told me it was nearly impossible to kill it so I took the cactus home with me. And I killed it with my very brown thumb. It was either flood season or drought season for that poor plant. I swore off trying to grow things or even keep them alive.
But when my family moved into our current home a few years ago, we inherited a lot of plants. The flower gardens were overgrown and some needed to be completely ripped out, but I learned to love them. Then we discovered a row of fruit trees hidden by overgrowth and I decided it was worth any effort to keep them bearing fruit. This year, we even planted a small vegetable garden.
I always thought that I didn’t have the disposition of a gardener. Too much time is required to properly care for things and I just didn’t have the patience for it. But I’ve learned something else about gardening recently… It’s not about growing ALL the things, but just the things you care about. For me the joy does not come in the growing, but what is produced by the things that grow.
As I was tending to our fruit trees the other day, I couldn’t help but think about my family. You see, with fruit trees, new growth produces the best fruit. So you trim back this year to get better fruit next year. Isn’t that just like us and our children? If we trim and let grow, trim and let grow, then we can confidently hope for the day that our families produce good fruit. But you MUST do the work of trimming if you want to see the growth.
Are you patiently and lovingly tending to your own life?
Patience: The suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness.Noah Webster
Wednesday: Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. – Romans 8:25
Thursday: Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land. – Psalm 37:7-9
Friday: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. – Philippians 4:6
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