Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunday's Soul Stirrings

Growing up I disliked the phrase, "Bloom where you are planted." When I went to college my favorite professor (also my adviser and boss) had a poster prominently displaying that very slogan. I was disappointed that she adhered to such a saying. It was trite. It was limiting.

One day after sitting a long while in her office grading papers and having the poster loom over me, I stopped completely distracted and stared at it. Above the saying was a wagon wheel and from under the wheel grew a beautiful sunflower.

How could my favorite prof. condone "staying put?!" Where was the ambition to do better and to travel? Why be satisfied with the status quo? I got up and paced the cramped office, climbing over towers of books on the floor and nearly knocking over other books piled on every single surface.

And then it suddenly dawned on me that I had misunderstood the poster's meaning. It wasn't advocating stifling ambition, the desire to travel or expand a person's life education at all. From the kazillion books residing in her office, my prof. certainly hadn't given up on a life filled with new interests and a constant push to educate herself better.

Rather, it was a reminder to have a "Be All You Can Be" kind of attitude, no matter your circumstance.

Paul had that same kind of attitude in Phil 4:11-12 and I doubt anyone would dare accuse him of being satisfied with the status quo.

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."

For a woman whose natural tendency is to have a "the glass is half empty" kind of outlook, to be content in whatever state I am in, is a serious challenge. With a little help from The Holy Spirit, I've begun to overcome that particular shortcoming. And I know I am up for the challenge.

Because I wanna bloom where I'm planted.

1 comment:

  1. Funny, I hadn't looked at it that other way. I have such a hard time remembering not to look forward to being happy but to just be happy now.


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