Mind Your Roots!

We all have ‘roots’…but they might not be what you think.

The roots I’m speaking of are roots that we plant–things we invest ourselves in, decisions we make which go a long way toward determining the kind of people we are.


Think about the trees or plants that are filling our ‘Outdoor Garden Centers’ all around the state right now…so much promise, so many color possibilities.

Any gardener, landscaper or farmer will tell you, however, that the plant itself is only one of many factors in whether or not you end up with a beautiful flower, a healthy tree or a bountiful crop.

There are several other factors that go into it, from the amount of sunshine and water it gets to fertilization, to the quality of the soil it’s planted in.


If a good plant is planted in unhealthy soil and does not get enough water, fertilizer and sunlight, that plant will fail.


It’s a similar scenario with us–our hearts, our spiritual lives, our connection with God.


As David wrote in Psalm 1:

“Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers…” (Psalm 1:1-3)

The person who’s ‘spiritual roots’ are sunk into the good soil of the Word of God, and who drinks it in continually, will be blessed.

They will be like a tree that gets plenty of water…they will yield ‘fruit’, their leaves will not wither, and everything they do will prosper.

This is God’s plan for you!

This is why it is SO important for you to invest yourself into things which will give you life!

The Word of God, Prayer, Fellowship, Service to God and Others, Generosity, Worship of the Lord.

These are the things which make the ‘soil’ of our lives good and healthy!


Unfortunately, there are many who are ‘planted in’ soil which is NOT healthy and helpful.

Yet, they sometimes expect to reap the healthy ‘fruit’ in their lives.

It will not work!

“Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.” (Psalm 1:4-5)

Question: Do you want to be spiritually healthy and productive, or would you rather be ‘like chaff that the wind blows away’?


Plant yourself into the soil of God’s Word and water the seeds of faith with the things mentioned above.

You’ll be glad you did!


“For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.” (Psalm 1:6)


Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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