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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bloom Where You’re Planted

I had a Sunday school teacher once (Andy Hines) who had a favorite saying: bloom where you’re planted.  This is an extremely important concept especially when one considerers the lack of control we exercise in our lives.  I’m not in the hospital today, but I could be tomorrow.  I have a good work environment today, but no environment is guaranteed.  I live in a comfortable home today, but a storm could blow it away tomorrow.  Much (of where I am, what I do, and where I go) is outside my control.  In many ways, I am planted at any given time in a given set of circumstances.  Even when I make an effort to change circumstances, all these efforts may meet with limited success.  So in the short run and to some extent even in the long run I can be seen as planted.  The crucial question is one of attitude.  What will my attitude be when I find I am more or less fenced in?

A positive, constructive, creative attitude is encompassed in the phrase: bloom where you’re planted.  The alternative is to atrophy out of defensiveness or bitterness.  Nourishment requires a spiritual perspective—you have an eternal purpose where you are.  You have a calling to choose life and make a difference. 

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