Wednesday, January 31, 2007

More Than A Bonsai #3

Bonsai Principle #3: Prepare the soil*

Bonsai trees live in arid soil. It has the appearance of health but in reality holds it little nutrients. Dark, rich soil full of nitrogen, iron, and other tree-goodness produces deep roots, strong trunks, and yummy fruit. Miracle-Gro and other fertilizers help plants meet their full potential. Wonderful news for gardeners and farmers but something bonsai growers avoid on their quest to produce miniature trees.

There is a direct correlation between plants and their soil. The old adage is true; "you are what you eat". Supersize Me reminded us it truth for us physically as producer/director/guinea pig Morgan Spurlock suffered the affects of a high fat diet. Could the same be true for our spiritual lives?

Man does not live on breath alone, but on every word that comes
from the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:4
For followers of Christ to grow, meet, and exceed the expected potential (Matthew 13:8) they must be planted in rich soil filled with all the nutrients they will ever need. We are what we eat after all. How does one enrich the soil, when the world and everything around us is keeping it dry? Bonsai believers appear to be thriving. They look good, even have a few favourite verses memorized. It’s not enough to really last, there is no substance. In our world of mixed messages, sound bites, and fast food how is one to sink in deep when we don’t even have the attention span to focus on one thing for two minutes. What are the real solutions?

*The quotes, ratios and inspiration comes from Eric Sandras’ book Buck Naked Faith published by Navpress.

Unrelated Question: Two friends mentioned that they couldn’t click the "pull" tag. Is anyone else having this trouble? The common factor was both were on apples. Anyone using an apple have access to the "pull" tag?

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