If y’all can remember we were talking about how baking and people are very similar. How each ingredient is like a person and those relationships that you have can create some pretty amazing end results. Now this sounds pretty cool but what is even cooler is how much God revealed this to me throughout the week. A good friend of mine, Ms. Caroline Ostman, recommended Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis to me and wow I cannot thank her enough! Y’all if you haven’t read this book I highly…highly recommend you do. C.S. Lewis is so brilliant. Honestly I might have to read it a couple more times to fully understand every aspect of it BUT it is most definitely worth every letter. Now what really stuck out to me was what Mr. Lewis wrote on page 85. I would try and summarize what he said but there is no way I could do it justice so I am simply going to type the excerpt here:
Christianity thinks of human individuals not as mere members of a group or items in a list, but as organs in a body—different from one another and each contributing what no other could. When you find yourself wanting to turn your children, or pupils, or even your neighbours, into people exactly like yourself, remember that God probably never meant them to be that. You and they are different organs, intended to do different things. On the other hand, when you are tempted not to bother about someone else’s troubles because they are ‘no business of yours’, remember that though he is different from you he is part of the same organism as you.
Ahhh how awesome is this y’all. If you didn’t understand it the first time go ahead and read it again…this is something everyone needs to know. People need people but people don’t need to be other people. The tricky part of this is when does “influence” cross the line. Which leads me to this analogy: you are a flower.
What kind of flower are you? What kind of fruit do you produce? Are you battling with where you have been planted? How are your roots growing? These are extremely important questions because, as the saying goes, “You reap what you sow.”
P.S. I am sorry…I am using a lot of symbolism but just hold tight.
You’ve got to realize the gardener (God) has specifically picked you to be in his garden. This is something everyone battles with. The gardener loves us so much he not only chose each of us but he designed each of us. PLEASE know that. If you do not believe this with every petal of your flower, you’ll be an easy target for the lawn mower (the devil and the world). However, if you are struggling with this…the gardener hasn’t left you out there to fend for yourself. Talk to him. He wants you to want him. This is a very vital step in making sure you have strong roots to withstand certain influences.
You’ve got to realize that the gardener chose the exact plot of land where he planted you. And that spot is perfect. You’ve got just the right amount of sunlight and he has planted you in just the right season…knowing exactly when you will blossom. You may know all of this but do you believe it? You must believe it. The gardener wants every bit of your trust. Where this lacks only creates an easy path for poisonous influences.
You’ve got to realize that the gardener chose you, planted you, is constantly watering you, and grooming you to make sure that you are safe from the weeds waiting to over take you. But you must also realize that you need to grow your roots as deep as you can. So that when the wind comes you will not be uprooted. You’ll be prepared for when the weed-eater starts buzzing you might become damaged but you will not be killed. When the rain is too heavy and you feel like drowning your roots will be deep enough to soak it all up.
What I am trying to get at here people is that God has specifically chosen us and placed us right where we need to be. However, this does not mean that adversity will not strike. This doesn’t mean that others will not try to change us and remove us from where God has placed us. People will come along and pull and pry but no matter the temptation, the deeper our roots in our Lord the less vulnerable we are.
I realize this little blog post isn’t about people but I thought it was important to shed light on how vital it is that we are strong within ourselves before we touch on how others shape our lives. But hey…tune in next week to talk about PEOPLE!