January 27th – Deeper Roots



The big difference between true goodness and average repectability is in resources. All humans need supplies of soul and mind, to feed their values and actions and attitudes, and these sources are not in our nature, not in our logic, our education, our psychology – in fact not anywhere in THIS world.
To stand amongst our peer groups and feed on what they urge us to be and to do, is like a tree whose roots simply go down to enmesh with the roots of other stunted trees.
To live amongst people of no resources does not mean that we have to abandon the deep resources well beneath the surface.
To draw from the word and values of God is like a tree flourishing besides a water course. No matter how dry the surface, no matter how rainless is the weather, the roots go down beneath our peer pressure, our present generations urgings to abandon the source beneath us. But the blind cannot lead the blind – the empty cannot fill one another -neither can the starving feed the world.
To confuse two things is deadly. One is to think that it is not truly humble or Christian to see the barrenness of normal shallow dry society. You are not being arrogant, nor Pharisaic, by rejecting the counsel of self centred people and the values of those whose roots only go down into their own egos.The other is to know that there are sources and resources of spiritual life in the word and will and ways of God.You may, whatever your environment, sink your roots into the water of life, below the arid surface of this world.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1
A Prayer:Father, thank you for your law, your word, and your deep reservoirs of resource for our lives. We delight in them, and draw from them now in the dry and thirsty landscape where we live.
Now read Luke 6: 37-49.

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