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ENCOURAGEMENT

MICHELLE SAGOR

1 Corinthians 3:7

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

A few months ago I found a treasure tucked in the shelves of the Target Dollar Spot: a “Grow your own Christmas tree Kit”. Of course, since it was cute and only a dollar, I got it and brought it home with me. I was going to be a plant mom and I couldn’t have been more thrilled about it (I know it sounds silly, but it’s the little things in life that make me smile). When I got home, I opened up the packet of seeds and planted them in the soil pellet that expanded when soaked in water. My new plant found its home on the window sill right next to my bed. Then, I waited…and waited…and waited some more.

After what seemed like forever of feeling discouraged by my cheap impulse buy, I saw a little green sign of life! Inside my tiny pot sprouted the makings of a spruce tree. It was small, but it was a start. Over the next few weeks, my tree started to grow taller and taller. Slowly, but surely, some of the other seeds began to sprout as well.

There was nothing I could do to make the tree grow any faster than it did. However, if I had wanted to, I could have made certain that it didn’t grow anymore by depriving it of sunshine and water. I was not responsible for the growth rate of the plant. However, since I had resources to help it grow, it would have been rude of me to deprive my plant of those resources.

Just like growing a plant, we have been given resources to help others grow. We are not responsible for the growth that happens, but we are responsible for what we do with our resources. Growth takes a whole lot of love and support; how are you sharing those with others today?

QUESTION 1. Who is someone that has invested a lot in helping you grow in Christ? What did they do?
QUESTION 2. How can you share your resources of love and support with someone you know?
CHALLENGE: Don’t hold back what God has given you. Love people like He does whether you see results or not.