Just as we have many members… Romans 12:4-5

Just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. ROMANS 12:4-5

A long the California coastline live some of the largest organisms in the world—redwood trees. Redwoods can grow to a height of more than 300 feet and a circumference of 40 feet. They average between 500 and 700 years old, but some have been around for 2,000 years! They are a magnificent sight. The trees grow only in groves, and their roots intertwine underneath the ground. No intertwining, no growth. No connectedness, no growth.

You have a destiny that is unique to you. However, as you pursue your purpose, you must never forget that God created you to help fulfill His purpose for all His children. Your destiny is yours alone, but it is not just about you. Nor is it to be carried out in isolation. In the body of Christ, we connect with others who are pursuing the same overarching goal—to advance God’s kingdom on earth. We are to complement each other rather than compete. We are to love rather than resent.

Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose

We all have our own unique yet common, connected roles and goals. Like the huge trees are each different they also rely on each other to stay strong and grow long.

Each part of the tree relies on the other part:

  • Roots
  • Trunk
  • Bark
  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Seeds / Fruit

The trees themselves are part of a larger ecosystem:

  • Trees
  • Soil
  • Sun
  • Rain
  • Wind
  • Animals
  • Insects

Thus we can learn from nature we too have an internal and external ecosystem ourselves.

A huge difference between we humans and trees is that we have some element of choice.

Reflection

Do we cooperate or disengage with ourselves and others?

Do we connect with Redwoods or Deadwoods?

TMac’s loss of a son

By Toby Mac:

Truett Foster Mckeehan had joy that took the room when he entered. He was a magnetic son and brother and friend. If you met him, you knew him, you remembered him. His smile, his laugh, the encouragement he offered with words or even without. He had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match. And he hated being put in a box.

He expressed himself through the music he made. And by made I mean, written, recorded, produced, mixed, and designed the art. All of it. A true artist. His first show was a week ago, and it was nothing short of electric. Everyone felt it, everyone knew it. He could’ve easily taken the easy route and put music out when he was 12, 14, 16, even 18, but he always said he wanted to live some life and have something to say before he did it. He didn’t want to be a child star, he wanted to be a man with scars and a story to tell. I always admired, respected and encouraged that stand.

Truett always had a soft spot for God. The Bible moved him. His heart was warm to the things of his King. He was by no means a cookie cutter Christian but give me a believer who fights to keep believing. Give me a broken man who recognizes his need for a Savior every time. That’s who Truett was and how he should be remembered.

My last moment with Truett in person was at his first show this past Thursday at the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. I had to leave the next morning very early to fly and start our Canadian tour. As I stood in the audience and watched my son bring joy to a room, I was as proud as a “pop” (as tru called me) could be. It was the culminating moment of a dream that he had since he was 12. It couldn’t have been sweeter. Our music, and what we say lyrically couldn’t be more different, but the outcome was much the same… offering a room full of people a few minutes of joy in a crazy world.

Our last text exchange is shared below.

My wife and I would want the world to know this…
We don’t follow God because we have some sort of under-the-table deal with Him, like, we’ll follow you if you bless us. We follow God because we love Him. It’s our honor.
He is the God of the hills and the valleys.
And He is beautiful above all things.

My Pondering

TobyMac sure seems to be a true Christian and artist. His music is so inspirational and spiritually meaningful.

No parent, especially a loving caring one, should have to endure the death of a child, especially at just a young age. Life is precious yet so fragile.

It’s easy to love God when loves is sweet and miracles abound. It’s more difficult when things are routine and mundane. When live is regular, steady and uneventful. No doubt, it’s most difficult when life bites and full of lament. When it seems as Satan is having his ugly evil way, during those times, Job like experiences, is when we need to cling and love the most. Life is so hard at times but God is good all the time, even when He doesn’t seem like it. Let’s remember, His ways are above ours, much above.

Thankfulky, Toby took the time to share the gospel with his son, he responded positively and trusts he was, and remains, in a state of God’s wonderful grace.

I hope you find this article worth a read, especially the last line I marked in bold.

Ten Life Maxims

Someone wrote these beautiful words.

My hope is that you read, understand and apply the deep meaning to your life.

  1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout.
  2. A Car’s WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rear view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.
  3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
  4. All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
  5. Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!
  6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!
  7. When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
  8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”
  9. When you pray for others, GOD listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
  10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE.

If you really enjoy this, please pass to others. It may brighten someone’s
day…