Be Not A Bitter Tree


Hebrews 12:15 Grace Tree by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

Yesterday’s post about trees also became the perfect introduction for a series on trees.  For the next few days I will share some verses, some quotes, all trees.

Trees are truly glorious aren’t they?  They fall and grow like a weed—I have thousands of maples growing in my yard every year.  They are resilient little buggers!  They can grow anywhere, and pull up quite easily.  But if you let it go on its own–its roots will hold on and can be impossible to pull.  It then grows into a massive plant that is incredibly important to the ecosystems where it lands.  Roots, branches, leaves, are homes and food to many.  And breath to us.

Are we good trees?  Are we life giving? Are we planted in a spot that will help the ecosystem?  Will we be a positive influence on our surroundings?  Or have we let roots of bitterness separate?  Are we a tenacious weed?

And maybe even those little maples growing right in the center of my yard are worthwhile.  Maybe I need to not be bitter and annoyed when pulling them, but aware of their tenacity, impressed by their ability to make me stop and think.

And compare them to people in my life.  Are there people planted in my life that I treat as weeds or do I stop to consider their story?  To share my blessings with them?  To nurture their growth rather than be bitter about their choices?

Hmmm, lots to think about yes?


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2 Responses to Be Not A Bitter Tree

  1. georgene beechick August 2, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    Thank you so much for my speedy order………and for the special delivery at church……… I know they are blessed by the Lord !!!! Thank you again, Georgene (short grey hair) 🙂

  2. Nicole Plymesser Nelson August 4, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    I will remember you for sure now Georgene! You are welcome! Have a great day!

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