In our rambles we stumbled on the remnants of an aging tree. Shawn was ready with her trusty camera. The outside of a tree may be impressive, but the health and strength come from what’s inside.
This old Ent lived many years, based on the number of rings. Some years were good with plenty of rain and others were parched. The designs and colors inside are spectacular.
As I examined the logs, I thought of projects I could make from these cuttings. It was a long way to the car and Shawn suggested we leave the wood for other wanderers to enjoy.
Like the old tree, I have a few years under my belt. Wonder what story my rings would tell?
The words of Jesus convict me:
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”
Mark 7:21-23 (NASB)
I read about a group of teens killing another for “the fun of it.” I felt righteous anger. How could someone stoop so low? Then I remembered the thoughts I had toward the driver who cut me off in traffic. There’s bad stuff hiding in my heart, too. Jesus knew whereof He spoke!
Jesus wants to remake us and fill us with an alternative set of characteristics:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control …”
The choice seems obvious.