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Learning From Trees

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The following (edited) article is entitled "All I Need To Know About Life I Learned From Trees" (author unknown)

  • It’s important to have roots.
  • In today’s complex world, it pays to branch out.
  • If you really believe in something, don’t be afraid to go out on a limb.
  • Be flexible so you don’t break when a harsh wind blows.
  • Sometimes you have to shed your old bark in order to grow.
  • Grow where you’re planted.
  • It’s perfectly okay to be a late bloomer.
  • Avoid people who would like to cut you down.
  • Get all spruced up when you have a hot date.
  • If the party gets boring, just leaf.
  • You can’t hide your true colors as you approach the autumn of your life.
  • It’s more important to be honest than poplar.

Those are some good lessons. They remind me of some other lessons taught in Psalm 1:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

The Psalmist says that a godly man is like a tree in three very important ways. First, he is planted -- he’s got his roots put down deep, he’s fortified, stable. Second, he bears fruit -- he develops godlike qualities in his character and life. Third, he doesn’t wither -- he is able to survive under all circumstances, even days of difficulty.

May your spiritual life take on the qualities on a tree planted by the rivers of water.

Source: Allan Smith, Thought for the Day.

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