Posted by: Diane | May 19, 2014

Stand Up, Stand Out

It’s been a holiday weekend for us Canucks and we’ve enjoyed some very welcomed warm weather.  The nurseries around here are adorned with hanging baskets popping with reds, oranges and yellows, the grocery store parking lots are filled with gardening paraphernalia and neighbourhood trees are bursting with buds.

Spring has sprung and I think I can confidently say that we’ve finally seen our last snowfall. It’s been a very long winter and even I, who absolutely love all things winter, am very happy to hear the birds chirping and the lawn mowers humming.

I’m not the best flower gardener but when it comes to vegetables . . . well, no one can beat my green thumb.

Here’s a picture of our recent asparagus crop.

asparagus harvest

A single piece of asparagus has broken through the garden soil and stands boldly amongst the remnants of last summer’s foliage. When we planted many asparagus roots in July, 2013, experienced gardeners/neighbours told us the disappointing news that, “it will take a couple of years before the asparagus would be plentiful and edible, so don’t expect much for a while.”

Yet today, this stalk stands alone, in all its glory. Apparently, this piece of asparagus as a mind of its own.

I mean, it really stands out.

Hannibal Barca was one of the great leaders of all time. He used bold strategy and clever tactics to defeat the much larger forces of His Roman enemies. The following quote has been attributed to him — “We will either find a way or make one.” Not to put too much stock in comparing a measly piece of asparagus to a powerful Punic Carthaginian military leader but both made their way, against all odds . . . and definitely stood out as a result.

Just saying . . .

 

standing out

I believe that as Christians, we are not meant to merely find our way — we are called to make our way.  Our days are to be lived with intention, passion and fortitude. Our way IS different and if we honour God with our lives, we WILL stand out.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12.2 ESV

 


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