The Beautiful Ones
They used to be beautiful. I had purple ones, pink ones, lavender ones.
I felt proud. I could grow African violets. I knew how to make them bloom.
Until I moved.
My beautiful African violets, once full of colorful flowers, are now barren, nothing but green stems and leaves.
The flowers never came again.
This is where I am now.
It’s All About the Light
Now I know it wasn’t me at all that made the flowers bloom. I can take no credit.
It was all about the light. I once had it. Now I don’t.
As I finish memorizing 1 John 1 this week, I’m reminded how much I’m like the African violets.
I can’t take credit for making flowers bloom in my own life either. It’s all about the light instead.
If I want to produce fruit in my life—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—then I need help beyond my own abilities.
I need less shade, more Light.
Staying in the light doesn’t have to be difficult.
If I’ll stay honest with God, admitting to him when something is blocking the light, he will forgive me, clear away the shadows, cleaning me from everything I’ve done wrong (1 John 1:9).
9 God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong.
10 If we say, “We have never sinned,” we turn God into a liar and his Word is not in us.
– 1 John 1
The true Light is faithful and reliable.
I’m going to move my African Violets to a different window this week. In their old spot, the leaves reproduce well, but they produce no flowers. But in a new spot, they should be able to do both.
I want more blooms, too. I want to stay positioned to soak in the light.
Thanks to God, I can.
Our candle giveaway winner for the 1 John 1 challenge is…Marilyn Saxon!!!
Are you a plant person? Do you have good lighting in your home? How do you stay in the light yourself? Share in the comments.
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