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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Many years ago in the lower end of our property, Daddy dug a pond. As years have passed trees, grass, and briars have grown up around the pond. Getting to it is a “sticky” situation. Because of the overgrowth / undergrowth the sun rarely illuminates the water. The small stream that once drained into the pond is all but non-existent. The water is dark, milky and covered in “pond scum”. What fish are in the pond do not effectively reproduce and remain small because of the lack of nutrients in the water. As a result of not tending the area, the water in the pond has stagnated. Webster defines stagnation as, “not flowing in a current or stream, not advancing or developing.”

Sometimes spiritually we become like Daddy’s pond. We stagnate. We neglect to tend to our spiritual needs. We fail to get the nutrients we need. We don’t advance or develop our spiritual life. It is not that we don’t care. I care about the pond and the fish. But, it will take a lot of time to clean up around the pond. I am too tired in the afternoons and too busy on the weekends to get involved in this chore. It may cost a lot to do this.

Refresh, as defined by Webster is “to restore strength and animation to”. How can we “flow (animate) in a current or stream”?

Worshipping, growing and serving are how we can flow (animate) in the current. Without this we become like stagnated water. Yes it takes time and I may have to cut out some of my other activities that clutter my time and oh yeah, it will cost – time and money. But, the rewards are great. We have a renewing of our mind and spirit. We advance and develop in the Christian life.

© “Janet’s Take On Things”

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