“You are the salt of the earth . . .”
They reach roots deep into rich soil, drinking rain and basking in sunlight. Through no effort of their own, they spring up, a riot of color and texture, flourishing to bring joy and benefit to many.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, waving banners of fragrant green, offering their gifts freely, happily, their scent permeating, rubbing off on the fingers, lingering in the nostrils.
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
My friend, do you think you have no influence in this world? Do you look around at the accomplishments of others and feel insignificant? If you are in Christ, you are a miracle. A new creature in Him. And as your roots go deep in His Word, His life in you springs up through no effort of your own. As you turn your face toward Him and offer yourself freely, happily, His light shines through you, and His fragrance spreads and lingers.
We aren’t meant to compare ourselves to others any more than oregano should compare itself to thyme. God chooses and uses us where and when He will, and He always chooses well, blending our gifts with those of others for maximum benefit to all.
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
You have much more influence than you could ever imagine. Bask in His light, flourish in Him, and bring joy to many.
Giving thanks in community for:
#206 fresh oregano that is still surviving the drought
#207 Seattle tomorrow!
#208 two weeks with the Sparrow and her parents
#209 highs in the 70s
#210 parables everywhere and the edges of His ways
#211 beautiful shining saints
#212 happy secrets
#213 conviction of sin and repentance
#214 forgiveness (this comes up on my list a lot, and mostly because I need it!)
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