Aren’t these flowers beautiful?! To me, they are beautiful for more than their physical appearance. They are beautiful because they represent a sweet friendship with one of my neighbors, an elderly woman who has been widowed for more than 20 years. She picked them from her yard & brought them over one day just because.
Her friendship is so precious to me because I believe we are all intentionally planted in our areas of life & are able to have an impact on those around us in ways that other people may never have the opportunity to. But, the question is do we take those opportunities to invest in others? Do we thrive where we’re planted? Or do we simply live our lives and keep to ourselves?
I missed major opportunities to impact those around me, to ‘bloom where I was planted’, while living at our last house. We lived in that house for 5 years, in a neighborhood bustling with people, and to this day I only know the names of two of our neighbors. That realization made me so sad, yet lit a fire within me to not miss a chance to invest in those around me.
We have lived in our current home for a little over a year. In that time, I have been intentional about praying for our neighbors & praying for opportunities to love them and grow relationships with them. The Lord has been faithful to provide those opportunities & I’m so thankful to say I(we) know the names, and have growing friendships, with our immediate neighbors & beyond. I(we) hope to continue building these relationships.
My challenge to you (and myself) is to not miss opportunities to really thrive where you are planted in life today. I realize not every situation is ideal & you may not be where you had imagined or want to be, but we still have the opportunity to invest in the people around us. To impact our neighbors, co-workers, friends and family in simple ways that could be huge to them.
My friendship with my widowed neighbor doesn’t cost me anything but a little bit of time and it means the world to her. It brings her company and companionship that she’s been missing for years. And I have made a precious friend who has impacted my heart probably more than I’ve impacted hers.
So, take inventory of your life. Are you blooming where you’re planted?
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