Ahh, Spring in Michigan…
Hard to think of a nicer time of year…the warm temperatures, the sunshine, the plants growing from what appeared to be dead, barren earth.
I love to plant things. Getting my hands in the dirt, planting new flowers and vegetables is therapeutic for me. It must be similar to an artist with a blank canvas.
I love it…but in Michigan, you have to be careful what you plant and when you plant it. Plant things too early, and you just may get a frost or freeze–like winter’s last ‘right hook’ that can take those plants out.
If, however, you do it right, there are few things more beautiful.
In life, we have to be careful what we ‘plant’ also. And very often, we do so by our words.
What are you planting?
I want to use my words to build up. I try to use my words to build my wife up and let her know how much she means to me. I try to make sure my kids know how much I love them, the potential and gifting I see in each one of them, and how proud I am of them.
At church, I try to use my words to ‘plant’ faith in people.
On Facebook and Twitter, I try to use my words–even when I’m disagreeing with someone–in a way which is respectful and positive. (Even if I’m ‘positive’ their wrong! 🙂
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Be careful what you plant.