It's January 16th, the month's half-gone...and the holidays good and truly behind us.
I said THAT in order to say THIS: In January people tend to focus on:
We are big on Reflecting on the previous year and Setting Goals for the coming year.
Lots of people clump such thinking under the category of New Years Resolutions.
New Years Resolutions
...it's wayyy deeper than that.
1. Look at a bare tree in the winter. No leaves. Ever notice how the trunk of that
tree leads to big thick branches...then to smaller branches...and then even
smaller ones...and finally to twigs?
2. Now let me ask you to compare that bare tree formation to your understanding of
the Human Circulatory System.
We start with the Heart with its Aortas & Ventricles and then eventually we move
on to the Arteries, Veins and Capillaries.
Upon consideration, that system looks alot like this bare tree...doesn't it!
Let's continue talking about Trees...
3. What you see ABOVE ground on a tree is mirrored BELOW ground on a tree.
(Though we can not SEE all that support, we KNOW that those roots exist!)
We also know that the circumference of a tree at its widest above ground...is
mirrored by the circumference of it's roots below ground.
Though The Support is Very Real we know that IT IS FELT, YET IS UNSEEN.
"The Human Experience" from TREES.
4. A tree is supported by its roots.
Those roots supply nourishment.
Those roots stabilize the tree against big winds and against the force of gravity.
In a similar fashion...
Humans are supported by a collection of Roots called FAMILY.
Families feed us physically, mentally, psychologically, socially and spiritually.
They help us grow.
They stabilize us.
They give us strength to draw from.
They lift us up. They teach us. They protect us. They celebrate with us.
They help us stand when things of this life would try to bring us down.
Some of this support is quite visible, but the deepest aspect of Family Roots is not.
Because of Faith we are Baptized, for the remission of sins, and we receive the
gift of Salvation and the Holy Spirit
Because of Faith live a different life than before baptism.
By Faith we begin to sink our Spiritual Roots.
We sink our Spiritual Roots and are fed by them when we Read Scripture, Pray,
Seek God's Will in our lives, Submit to His Will, Praise Him, Edify Each Other,
Bear One Another's Burdens, and Teach Others About God & His Son Jesus Christ.
We sink our spiritual roots and thus are fed:
...When we Visit the Sick and those in Prison,
...When we Support the Widows and Orphans,
...When we do The Right Thing when it would be easier to do the Wrong thing,
...When we Give of Our Time, Our Energy, and Even Our Money to help those in need.
...When we live like Jesus was right there with us, because we know His Spirit IS!
Here is it, Mid January...the holidays are behind us...many of our New Years
Resolutions may already have been abandoned....
But we still have time to Reflect.
Did your Spiritual Faith Roots grow deeper and stronger this past year?
Did you find you that you could cope with the things that tried to knock you down?
Did you grow Spiritually bigger and stronger this past year?
If YES...well done and Praise God!
But If NO?
If No, then Perhaps today you can sit down and ask God to help you.
Perhaps you can SEEK HIS WILL in your life
Which of those would YOU rather be doing?
As for me, I Choose to be Growing In Christ.
And I pray that you do too!