Saturday: March 28, 2020

Plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers”

Work out your salvation with fear and trembling( Phil 2:12b)- this is the text which came to mind when I read today’s quote of the day, a message that is an invite to intentionally get hands on and busy with certain affairs concerning growth.

We have become good at designation, often under the guise of team work to shed tasks that are meant to be our very own to do. But today, we are called to remember that not every job can be assigned or delegated, and that there are those tasks which require an intentional and conscious hands-on approach to get done.

‘Planting our own garden and decorating our own soul’ largely refers to the spiritual growth which cannot be given to us; It is impossible to attain this without individual participation. From salvation, meditation on the word through to intimacy with God, these are fundamentally personal and to a large degree, cannot be delegated to others.

There comes a time when the intercession of others just doesn’t cut it and your own knees have to hit the floor and there are moments when the sermons of others just aren’t enough, so we have to dive into the word ourselves. Without those moments of personal participation, we stand as people waiting to receive fish or flowers instead of going fishing or planting gardens.

The latter both feel like harder work will be involved yet, both of them represent expected sustainability; for a gardener’s access to flowers exceed those of a person waiting to receive them. So the message is clear- ‘Plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers”. Get involved and interested in your own growth, it can’t always be done for you.


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