What does it take to grow?
Well, that’s a loaded and complex question now, isn’t it? Am I referring to the business, influence, spiritual, intellect, or horticulture? Some of these areas of growth are much easier than others given the proper utility and resources to do so. It seems as though there are very specific variables that help plants grow to their fullest potential. It’s more than planting a seed.
I recently went on a planting spree of sorts and kept most of the plants in the pots they were purchased in. I re-potted a couple to provide ample room for the roots to take hold. As you can imagine the plants that were re-potted are doing much better than the plants in the original pots. But, not to my surprise (God did not gift me with a green thumb) none of them are thriving. I made sure to give them the proper amount of water, sun exposure, room temperature; the essentials. It seemed like I had all the working parts for successful house plant growth. What was missing? Why were my new friends not sprouting leaves? As it turns out I was missing one crucial ingredient, poo! Fertilizer!
Getting your hands dirty
I had to start from scratch, get my hands REALLY dirty. In the re-re-potting process I got to thinking; metaphorically, we do everything we can to avoid the poo in our life. In that avoidance, we are missing out on our capacity to grow. There is potential to bear fruit without the metaphoric poo, it’s just not as sweet. Reflect back on your life and when you’ve walked through the poo and how much growth came from that experience. Please consider giving the gift of growth with a pile of poo! I’m not kidding! When else would you be able to tell your friends you bought someone poop?! And I guarantee you, your children will think it’s the funniest present, ever.
God ‘s beauty goodness and truth
God doesn’t make us walk through the poo for no good reason. He promises that there is hope to come.
Romans 5:2-5 says this “through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
It’s more than what meets the eye
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