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The one blog post I hope everyone reads


“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lordand who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”  Psalm 1:1-3


Truth be known, I have walked in step with the wicked. I have stood in the path of sinners and sat in the company of scoffers. (What is it that makes us think that belittling and mocking others makes us better people?!)  I’ve been in these places, and likely so have you. Maybe our selfish pride continues to lead us to frequent those dark places. But there’s good news:


We don’t have to stay where we are.


Every single day we are given the opportunity to choose a new path for our lives. Less making fun of people we don’t like, more understanding and compassion. Less apathy and more concern that insists on acting itself out in some small way. Less frugalness and more generosity. Less worry and more faithful prayer. Less criticism and more encouraging words and actions. Less attacks and more embraces. Less jaded outlook and more hope. Less seeing ourselves as hopeless and more seeing ourselves as hope-filled through the grace of God. Less sorrow and more joy, even in the midst of sorrow. Less wasted time in meaningless activity and more time spent intentionally – on purpose and on mission – in keeping with our most dear life dreams. Less dreaming of a good life and more living it fully every single day. Less of nearly everything and more love.


We can bloom where we are planted but we can also plant ourselves where we can bloom. We can choose to be like that tree planted by streams of water, bearing fruit and with leaves that do not wither and always prospering even in times of drought. We do this by acting out our beliefs. You believe the bible to be true? Act on it! Consistently and persistently and relentlessly confront fear with assurance, worry and doubt with faith, anxiety with peace, bitterness with forgiveness, apathy with action, judgment with compassion, temper with grace, regret with remembered joy, my way with God’s way, and disdain with love.  If you believe it’s better to take the high road in conflict, take it. Believe and act on that belief. Demonstrate what you believe by the way you live each moment.


“The ONLY thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6


Do you believe it? Be intentional; put it on your agenda. Make it your purpose to share love in your thoughts and actions today.


If life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take but truly by the number of moments that take our breath away, what can you do today, each day, to create those special moments? They are your life legacy. As I think back on nearly fifty years with my best friend, 43+ years my bride, I think of shared adventures, silly moments, shared tears, encouraging hugs, steadfast devotion and encouragement in difficult times. I think of forgiveness and gentleness, attentiveness, and shared joys shared in a passion for life – both present and everlasting. I think of children we’ve brought into this world and loved and children across the world we’ve come to love. I think of nurtured friendships that have survived the distance of thousands of miles and passing years. I  think of quiet walks through meadows, working the gardens in our life, and quietly soaking in the beauty of nature, God’s creation and the expression of his joy.  


How about you? What will you do today to create the legacy of your life? May it be guided by your faith, expressing itself in love.


Now may the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21




Bloom where you are planted




Lamb’s Ear – Thayerapy Gardens

I like keeping Lamb’s Ear in my gardens. Some consider it a weed, perhaps because it is rather prolific. But to me it’s a thing of beauty and soft to touch.  It’s not edible like some of the other, less attractive weeds in the garden. For example, Purslane and Lamb’s Quarter have a quite sweet spinach-like taste when rinsed and boiled (and soaked in butter :-). But they don’t possess the beauty of the Lamb’s Ear. More over, Lamb’s Ear contains a God-given astringent substance that slows the bleeding of a wound. Its abundant and soft petals provide an adequate bandage if none other is available.  Not bad for a common weed!


I’m guessing we all could name a few ‘weeds’ in our ‘human garden’ of friends and acquaintances…and likely be named one as well.  And yet, like the common Lamb’s Ear flower, we are each created for a purpose with a different sort of beauty than the other flowers (and weeds) that surround us. Rather than trying to be like someone else, try to ‘bloom where you are planted‘ today.


To bloom means to be the person you were uniquely created to be. It is not just what you do, but the expression of God-in-you to those around. Don’t worry if others look more beautiful than you. Just bloom as you were created to be. Where you are is not some special place reserved for ‘ministry.’ You bloom wherever you happen to be at the time. It’s wherever you live and breathe and have your being. Blooming is an expression of life and praise and thankfulness. Don’t reserve it for special occasions. Planted implies there is an intentionality and purpose about your life. Sometimes you find yourself transplanted to a new city, neighborhood, job, or even a place of temporary isolation. As a flower stands firmly, bending with, not against the wind, plant yourself firmly and let your spiritual roots dig deep to bring nourishment to your soul right where you are planted.


Rejoice in the God-given characteristics only you uniquely possess and slow down enough to recognize these in others around you, even if they do at first seem a bit weedy.  Be useful to others and give God the glory for everything good that blooms in your community of relationships today.


Bloom where you are planted.


“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”  Jeremiah 29:4-7