Growing Where You’re Planted

Life is always full of twists and turns… It’s unpredictable.

One thing I’ve learnt and am still learning is the necessity to embrace everything that comes your way — the good, the bad, the ugly. Everything has value in life. It is up to you to identify the value of every thing and every experience.

Learning to grow where you’re planted is essential. I’ve seen many persons complaining about where they are in life and moping and fussing about everything they wish to change.. I too have been guilty of this countless times. In the midst of it all, complaining does no good. It only prevents us from enjoying the gift of the present. We immerse ourselves in what we wish and hope for and miss everything along the way. We also miss out on opportunities to GROW in our current station in life.

I believe at every stage of our lives we should aim to advance in some way. Be it in wealth, health, maturity, knowledge, wisdom, virtue; whatever it may be… the possibilities are endless. I also believe God equips us not only with the tools necessary for growth but the conditions necessary for growth.

Take for example the cactus.

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Photo Credit: http://leahjwordtrips.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/feeling-alone/

The cactus is known to grow in arid soils. How is this possible? It is fully equipped with the water retentive cells it needs to survive these harsh conditions. More importantly, these supposedly “harsh” conditions are the conditions it requires to thrive. Similarly, in life we may be faced with seemingly “harsh” conditions. But, if we take a minute to examine these conditions closely, we may realize that for a particular season or throughout the course of our lives, these conditions are necessary for our growth. So, rather than complain and wine and mope during “harsh” times,  “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials” – James 1:2. Never allow negativity to undermine the value of your experience. Instead, turn every test into a testimony and declare this daily:

“On the other side of every setback is opportunity. On the other side of every offense is growth. The difficulties you face are not there to defeat you. They are there to increase you.” – Taken from Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen

At the end of the day, the important thing is to learn to grow wherever you may be planted.

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