Some friends and I were recently looking at an orchid plant. The bloom of the orchid had already come and gone but there were still leaves on the plant. The orchid had a small enclosed root base but something fascinating had happened in that the roots of the orchid were starting to grow out of the top of the plant. Others shared that this wasn’t unique to this orchid plant. Several friends said they had orchid roots that were doing the same thing in their plants. After more research, I learned this type of orchid has roots that grow above ground because they attach themselves to trees, cling to the trees, and then try to get to the top of the trees where they can get more light. Those orchid roots were doing what it takes to survive! They need the light to function properly, and they go to great measures to get to that light.
Can the same be said about us? Do we do whatever it takes to ensure our health (in all areas) and proper growth in our lives? Do we put into practice what Paul talks about in Philippians 3:14? I press on toward the goal for the prize of upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
I think many of us go through life hoping that our choices will naturally lead us to what is best for us. If you’re anything like me, your natural tendency isn’t toward health in most areas: spiritual, emotional, physical, mental. So unless we are being purposed to make decisions that promote health, we lean toward things that are not healthy. It’s easier to choose anger over forgiveness, harshness over gentleness, thinking the worst instead of having a heart of love. Knowing that a healthy spiritual life is the fullest life has to be the driving force to make healthy choices. That only happens when we make purposed decisions to fill our minds with God’s Word and create habits that push us toward health: reading God’s Word, listening to God’s Word being taught, having a heart that is sensitive to what God is speaking to us, putting what we are learning into practice, worship.
Colossians 2:7 says, “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
I think it’s safe to say that all of us desire to live life to its fullest, a life that follows after God. In order to live a full life, we must make choices that lead us toward health. It’s not always easy, but the results are worth it! Let’s take time to think about our choices this week, and be purposed to make decisions that lead toward life. If that orchid can do it, so can we!