You can't force spiritual growth

Spiritual growth is as natural as the blossoming of flowers in spring. We nurture this growth by seeking to know God better and obeying His commands.

In late winter, have you ever cut a few branches from a flowering shrub and "forced" them to bloom indoors ahead of their appropriate time? The sight of such blossoms does much to cheer a household when the signs of winter are still in evidence outdoors.

Sadly, though, those hints of spring sometimes last only for a brief time and must soon be discarded. If, on the other hand, the branches are allowed to remain as part of the mother plant and blossom when their inner growth dictates that they are ready to do so, they usually beautify the entire landscape for a longer duration and express the beauty of their source. What a powerful lesson this can teach us!

July 13, 1992

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