A new friend just commented on an old post titled, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” This is one of the first things I ever published here on WordPress and it continues to be a popular post still today. This particular friend plants trees for a living and she understood exactly the point I was trying to make.
There is something genuinely spirit-filled about planting a tree. It is the ultimate expression of faith in the future of humanity. It is belief in action. Why else would anyone bother to take up this huge project? Every sapling needs a lot of care to survive that first year and establish its roots. Without a firm belief that the future will be worth living, why would we bother to plant a tree? My grandfather was in his seventies when he started his tree farm. He had no chance of seeing the fruits of his labor but he did it anyway because he believed in his grandchildren. He knew we would take over after he was gone and finish the job.
I can’t tell you how good that makes me feel. Every time I walk through that grove of white pines I am reminded of my place on this planet. I was put here to do my part to make this earth better for everyone by taking care of plants, animals and other humans. I believe my life has purpose and my death will have meaning because I accepted the great commission, to love thy neighbor as thyself.
At a point in history, when loving thy neighbor has become a ridiculous notion and hatred abounds, our faith is being tested like never before. It almost seems like the future is impossible because we struggle to believe in humanity and some people seem to be hoping the end is near just to prove they were right about their particular beliefs. That’s not faith, that’s selfishness and conceit brought on by hubris. It is only by holding on to each other as faithful beings that we will have all the possibilities Jesus promised us centuries ago. We have to trust each other and plant the seeds of humanity for one and all. How much faith we place in each other will determine our future, not the threat of Armageddon.
Every time someone new reaches out to me on this blog it gives me hope. Hope for tomorrow, hope for humanity and hope for our children. We should keep planting trees for our kids to sit under. We should plant flowers for them to smell and admire. And most of all, we should plant kindness into the hearts of everyone we meet. I will never stop believing in the future Jesus wants for us and I will gladly do whatever it takes to fulfill his expectations. All things are possible, to those who believe.
Would you dare to believe with me?
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