We started a landscaping project this week as our front bed and back yard needed to have some plants added and others removed. As I pulled a few plants out of the ground that had not rooted it made me realize when we are not rooted in Christ how our lives will not reflect that He lives in us. In John 15:5-8 Jesus tells us" I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in Him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. This is my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit."
I have been writing a gratitude list for years now after having read the boo, "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voscamp. Some days there are lots more than 5 things to be grateful for and other days it can be a stretch to find those 5. It's easy to have a happy heart when all is right in our world, but when the heartache and struggles come it is what we do we that that reflects if we truly believe God is Who He says He is. As I have watched several friends deal with cancer over these past few months it has been a blessing to see one young woman whose husband is facing his own battle with cancer reach out to another young woman who is fighting her own battle with cancer...God is using both of them to be a gift to one another despite their own pain right now. In helping other heal, sometimes we ourselves are healed ...maybe, not physically, but just knowing in some small way we have made a difference.
Our world is often a dark place...but we can be light in the darkness...one day at a time...one brave kind gesture at a time. Kindness matters. Respect matters and Love makes all the difference. What if we really cared for the people God has brought and continues to bring in our lives? What if we really engaged in listening to their hearts, giving them the gift of our time and our love? God calls us into communion with Him and with each other. What if we really were the gift to someone else and helped them to be able to write down 5 things they were grateful for at the end of the day?What if we truly believed we are called to bear His fruit here on earth?