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Life in Trees: Exposed

We like to hide our roots.  They are our train of thought and where it comes from.  They are how we grow and how things enter into us.  They are the deeply embedded habits and ideas that shape our actions and the fruit we produce.

Some times we even hide our roots from ourselves, because we don’t want have to yank them out and replant them.


Being honest with ourselves and where our actions come from is hard.  It stings.  Changing from it is even harder, but that’s what God does.  He shows you your roots and then pulls you up and plants you in Himself.

God has been showing me my roots a lot lately, and they aren’t always as healthy as the ones I drew.  Very often they aren’t soaking up living water.  Instead they soak up toxic waste labeled “Praise” or “Success”.  It’s very hard to stop, and really, I can’t on my own.  Only God can pull me into Himself, and, as much as it hurts, I’m glad He is.

“He [the righteous] will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth good fruit in it’s season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”  -Psalms 1:3

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