Faith and… a Tree

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Many have said that the simple things in life are the best.  Simple things don’t  cost much, usually aren’t flashy and are seldom mentioned in the newspapers…  Things like devotion to duty, love of family, faith in God and serving others are the kinds of things that make life worth living…

Our Lord taught us that to love Him is to obey His commands (John 14:23) and at first glance this might seem difficult.  The truth is that it isn’t very difficult at all; it only requires simple and uncomplicated faith.  If we have simple faith to believe His teachings, than obeying Him is an easy burden to bear.

Faith is not complicated, it has no ulterior motive and it isn’t self promoting; it just boils down to a loving response to His loving act of saving us from death.  Simple faith is uncomplicated because we are relieved of the need to find a way to work it to our advantage or to use it to put others down; instead simple faith lifts everyone up.

Simple faith is like a tree that grows in the wild.  It doesn’t try to impress anybody, it doesn’t worry about the latest fashions or how to climb over other people on its way up the corporate ladder.  All the tree does is live, grow and do what God intended for it.

Come to think of it, we can learn quite a bit from a tree!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to Faith and… a Tree

  1. Tom says:

    So simple, yet so full of truth! God’s ways are simple and profound. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It is we who make it complicated.

  3. paulfg says:

    I “dogwalk” and love the beauty in a tree across the while year. They are sensuous things, trees. And the other amazing thing? Our dog makes a beeline for trees – and spends ages sniffing the base where it enters (or leaves) the ground. Not just others dogs “stuff” – I think that part of the tree oozes something special that I miss. And your post and that imagery have got me thinking (without any conclusion). What could that something special be? Except that phrase “the scent of heaven” springs to mind …. Thank you!!

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