Published July 22, 2014

Shelia Shares....

As we traveled recently along I-80 in Pennsylvania, Paul rhetorically questioned, "Seen any trees today?"

Very funny. In fact, the highway was totally lined with trees. The trip took us past a few houses or businesses, but mostly plenty of trees — miles and miles and miles of trees.

My thoughts were:

Life is very similar. There are people who are "walking dead." They don't have any eternal goals, they don't know where they are going, but they are fighting to get ahead. They might even look OK outside, but inside they are dead.

There are people who always need others to prop them up. They have no strength within themselves because they don't know the God of strength. They don't pray because they don't know the God who answers prayer. They want others to pray for them and depend on people to meet their needs.

I see people who are broken. Circumstances and tests have beaten them down. Sometimes they hold on by a strand, depending on the faith of a lifetime and the faithful track record of their faithful God. But, even though they are broken, they hold on.

There are people who are living, growing and thriving — and it shows inside and out. They know God will make a way where they see no way. They know God has the answers even when they don't know the right questions to ask. They know they are here to praise the Lord. And, they know where they are going for eternity.

Each of us is probably a combination of these people. As long as we grow together on this earth, we won't reach full maturity of always being growing and vibrant without questions. But, we should see growth. We should see growth in ourselves and we should be willing to help others reach their God-given eternal potential.

The forest is beautiful with its combination of trees in different stages of life.

Enjoy being a part of the "Body" and serve the purpose for which God created you. He is with you every step of the way. Encourage others and strive for full maturity in yourself.

- Shelia

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