When you look at the cross section of an old tree you see history. You see the increase of the good years, you see the stagnation of the bad years. You see years when there was plenty. And you see years when there was little. And you can look at old scars that have healed over.
I think that when many of us think about our life, we consider the years that we have lived to pile on like growth rings in a tree. Our baby years, found in the innermost core of the tree, followed by our childhood rings, then adolescent rings, followed by our young adult rings, and so on. When we look back on the cross section of our lives, sometimes we see rings that are thick and bright, designating years of love, laughter, and growth. Sometimes we see rings that are thin and dark, marking years of struggle, heartache, and underdevelopment. The more we look at the cross section of our lives, the less we tend to view the big healthy rings and we tend to focus more on the thin, black rings. We focus more on our struggles, mistakes and failures, than we focus on the good.
Then, because all of these dark rings are still in our tree, we decide that we are still failures. Not because of who we are today. Not because of what this season is bringing to the new rings on our tree, but because we feel that at the core of our being, lying under our skin, in our past, we were failures and that stamp is part of who we are.
Today I ask this question:
What if we aren’t trees?
What if the core of our being isn’t the mistakes of our past? What if the core of our being is Jesus Christ and His love for us? What if the the central vein of our existence is a river of living water that always provides and never runs dry?
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
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