If you haven’t read part one, be sure to check it out first before reading on!
To continue the plant focused theme of the first part, I started thinking about beautiful flowers. Roses, for example, are admired and considered beautiful go to flowers to gift to loved ones. It’s easy to walk into the shop to buy some and it’s even easier to toss them away or destroy them if you decide you don’t want them anymore. What isn’t always easy is nurturing them for the 6-8 weeks it takes for the average rose to bloom. This requires attentiveness.
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24)
This side of the spectrum is often the harder side to live on. It’s ironic because it’s the positive and uplifting side, but it also comes with delayed gratification which takes patience. I find it exciting to think of the souls of those around me as gardens. Some gardens are kept up beautifully and some gardens need some attention, but we are all capable of being soul gardeners and one of our tools is the power of the tongue.
I’ve had some individuals do a little gardening around my soul recently and it’s reminded me of the life giving power of our words. It’s reminded me to ask myself daily: “How can I rake some weeds and plant some seeds in someone’s life today?”
We live in a world full of weeds, we live in a world full of dried up soil, and we live in a world that greatly needs soul gardeners.
How can you do a little gardening today?