A Note From
Pastor Roger



What a beautiful picture!
What do you see?



If you’re like me, my initial focus was on that one dead tree surrounded by such beauty.
But thankfully, my focus soon shifted, not soon enough, to the beautiful brilliance of life and growth in the midst of that one lonely tree.



I thought about a couple things as I stared in contemplation. My first thought was how easily I lingered looking at that one lifeless, dead tree when there was so much beauty surrounding it.
I almost totally ignored the beauty.



We do that don’t we? Even in our own lives. There is so much beauty around us, so much life and vitality.



But then there’s that one little annoying thing in our life, or in someone else's life, that we tend to fixate on. That one little struggle; one little pain that tends to consume the majority of our focus.



I Thought about something else...



The fact is, that one dead tree used to be green and flourishing just like the others. I wonder what caused it to die?
Did the others notice? Did they feel the pain? Did they feel the loss? Is there something they could’ve done?



Or how about this, maybe all the other trees really did care. Maybe at some point they all banded together, showering their leafless friend with love and encouragement which it just ignored to its own demise.



I guess we’ll never know.



But, I do know this:
A. I want to see the green a whole lot quicker next time.
B. I want to speak life to the dying AND surround myself with green.



Moral of the story? Be green, stay green, give green.



"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." (Hebrews 3:13)




Pastor Roger

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