Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

We have a Magnolia tree in our backyard which has bloomed only a few flowers in the last two years. Finally, I started to investigate why the tree wasn’t flourishing (yes, it took me two years to get around to this). Near the base I found a few spider-plant shoots. I’m not very good with plants, but I figured they weren’t part of the Magnolia tree. When I pulled them out, I discovered wild onions—made me cry even—sapping the life out of my tree.

What’s sapping the life out of your walk with Jesus? Do you have a secret sin buried deep and it’s taking all your energy to feed it? If so, you need to get it out of your root system. Or maybe, like the magnolia tree, your life is just too crowded, too many things pulling at your resources.

After I got rid of the onions, the tree perked up and developed four more blooms within a couple of days. Are you blooming and productive or are you barely making it through the day, feeding things that aren’t worth it?

Dear Lord, give us Your wisdom to know what needs to be taken from us so You can do more through us. In Jesus name, amen.


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