|The Lord has given us a great promise in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” My grandpa Dr. Schuller said, “God knows more about your tomorrows than we do about our yesterdays.” This is God’s plan for you. You blossom where you are, and the door opens. Over the next several days, I’m going to share seven ways you can bloom right where you are. The first one is: Just like a tree, grow as much as you can. The person who gives it their all every day goes to bed saying, “I’m glad I gave it my all.” Everyone needs progress and growth. We tend to judge our life’s progress by our marriage, children, friends, business, or our accomplishments. A good way to measure progress is to ask yourself if you are growing as a person, improving your skills, becoming healthier or a better leader. As you are making progress on the inside, the outside will take care of itself.
Friend, nurture yourself — like a tree with strong roots that is well watered and given plenty of sunlight, but also is pruned as it grows. You’ve seen a pruned tree. It doesn’t look good; it looks dead. Imagine being a tree and getting pruned! You would say stop! But oftentimes, it’s the handiwork of the Lord; It’s not happening to you, it’s happening for you. People, unlike trees, have the choice of how much they want to grow. Here’s your choice — be all you were meant to be or become less. Choose to grow as much as you can and become all that you can be for the Lord.