Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fw: the fruits of roots

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <>
To: Rob Smith <>
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2016 7:17 AM
Subject: the fruits of roots

The other day I was watching my grandson Joey at T-Ball.  I noticed a magnificent old tree way back in left field.  It stood alone and filled a large space with its massive trunk and perfectly symmetrical branches.  It truly was a gorgeous sight...despite not having leaves yet in early spring.  As I thought about the beauty of that tree it occurred to me that it was a beauty linked to "hanging in there".  The tree had never gone anywhere...never accomplished great things...never promoted itself.  But as a result of just remaining, growing, surviving and thriving it had lasted for far more years than a human life.  This tree was a testimony to life itself and to remaining close to the things that are essential.  Perhaps there is a lesson for us, as well, about "hanging in there" and continuing to feed from the healthy sources of life...God's word; His personal relationship with us; Keeping a clean heart record with Him and with others; Looking out for and caring for others.  Strong roots will surely lead to pleasing and lasting fruits.
Revelation 22:1-2 22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. 
Rob Smith

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