Sunday, June 14, 2015

How to Thrive

goodbye, tree!
Both soil and climate are hard on trees in our part of the state. With that in mind, it doesn't help when the home builders included in our landscape package a tree that was "mostly dead." (think of the line in "Princess Bride"*).

That's what we got stuck with two years ago and in spite of a lot of complaining from us, we lost that battle.  So after giving the tree two full years to show us what it could do, Beloved pronounced it "all dead,"* bought a new tree, and called somebody to remove the bad one.

Of course there is a spiritual application here.  We need to abide in Christ Jesus or we will not thrive nor bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, 
he is cast forth as a branch, 
and is withered;
and men gather them, and cast them into the fire,
and they are burned.

John 15:4-6 KJV

the very-much-alive new tree (an Autumn Blaze Maple)

*to see the reference to the lines in Princess Bride, click here:


  1. Good luck to the new tree! It does look healthy. Great analogy and lesson for today!

  2. Very appropriate post for this Lord's Day. Happy new week!