Bloom where you are planted. Ever hear that phrase and wonder....
What garden are they talking about? What kind of flower would that be? Does this mean me – right now?
It is my firm belief that where ever a person lives, for however long, that person is called to be a blessing to that part of the world. Your neighborhood, your school, your workplace, your town are yours to bless. Pine City is full of people and we are to be blessings to each other.
Ok, you are probably wanting my definition of bless. Bless means to be the first one to be radically positive and kind to others. This means in all circumstances and especially when encountering negativity. This is not putting your head in the sand and meditating, “Ommm, I wish this would go away,” when encountering adverse situations. It’s choosing to find something to praise and encourage in all environments.
The truth is, in life good comes with the bad. Like chocolate swirled vanilla ice cream, it’s impossible to separate the flavors. Life is meant to be both – together. When we chose to be the first one to bring radical positivity and kindness to a situation, we aren’t ignoring the bad, but we are reminding ourselves and others of all the good that is mixed in with it all.
So are you ready to practice? School is here. Kids, parents and teachers in Pine City are encountering each other up close and personal. Did you know it takes five positive adults in a child’s life to give them the hope to want to finish school and contribute to society? It’s up to us to be one of those five positive faces that says, “I’m so glad to see you today!” Especially when they are being a stinker! Our positivity can change a life from being mad and wanting to punish the world, to wanting to engage and help the world.
I know this isn’t easy – or everyone would be positive! I’m just asking you to practice choosing to be positive to a child first – before they “earn it” in your opinion. Just love them first. Just like Jesus loves us all – even when we are being the stinker – he asks us to love other like he does. So no matter where you are in your journey this week, know that Jesus loves you and so do I.
JULIE SAMUELSON is co-pastor of Hands for Pine City Church (with husband Brad Samuelson) which meets Wednesday nights from 6-7 p.m. in the Pine City Library community room. Contact them on Facebook, at email@example.com or 320-496-3009.
Editor’s Note: We look forward to making “Inspirations” a regular part of the Pine City Pioneer, and invite faith leaders, community members and thoughtful readers to take part and share their ideas in this space. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mike at 320-629-6771.