The Right Environment


Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

(Psalm 139:23–24, NLT)

Many gardens have been planted in the last week as it is now the ideal time to do it. The temperatures are rising, we are getting both rain and sunshine, the soil is warming up … all of these combine to provide the best conditions for things to grow.

With this being the first spring in our home, we are starting from scratch. It was only a few weeks ago and this garden plot was still grass. We have tilled, added manure, and tilled some more. Rows are now started as seeds have sprouted and that which was germinated inside is now being transplanted. Also, thanks to the Vine’s and Frey’s, perennial flowers, rhubarb, and raspberries have also been started.

Yesterday we also finished building the greenhouse, as the goal is to grow tomatoes, peppers, and corn. Each plant / each fruit or vegetable needs the right environment to grow and mature … some doing well in the garden but others needing the greenhouse. Each plant needs different levels of heat, water, and nutrients.

We also need the right environment to grow and mature personally and spiritually. Our goal this past weekend with family camp was to not only have an enjoyable time but to build relationship / to engage with one another. It provided opportunity to interact with those we do not normally interact with. It provided opportunity for us to initiate and foster healthy meaningful relationships that go deeper than the surface. But we must step towards these relationships.

Are we living in the right environment / one that promotes personal and spiritual growth? Are we too busy or do we make space and time for these relationships? Do we avoid “small group” scenarios or step into friendships that grapple with the spiritual and personal aspects of life?

How can we intentionally step further into the right environment so we are fruitful? Will we make the choices it takes to do this? Will we open our lives even more to those we are walking alongside?

Pastor Ryan