Faded Blooms

I went outside to do some yard work and noticed something peculiar. Only one of our three rose bushes still had blooms on it. Huh. I wonder why that is. I went inside to look up “knockout roses” on the internet. This is their first season at our home, so I really did need to know when to prune them. Just maybe I could solve the mystery of the missing blooms in the process. It seems that I was supposed to be removing the faded blooms all season; thereby keeping the bush healthy and resulting in a longer blooming season. The only bush still blooming was the one placed near the driveway and the most easily accessible. All summer long, my precious daughter was thieving from the rose bushes. She’d pick one and lose it…pick another and sit on it…pick another and pluck the petals….and I was fussing at her the whole time. It turns out that all of that picking and plucking has kept this bush blooming well into the Fall.

This struck me…why was I so apprehensive to let her pick those roses? They are each a beautiful blessing to share and be enjoyed. I was not a good steward of these roses, but SHE had the right idea. Gifts, talents, treasures, blessings in every form, and fruits of the Spirit are all gifted to us. Not just for our enjoyment- but, to spill over, to share, to use and to encourage others. These things enable us to serve and worship; to bless and be blessed….all resulting in more growth.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV

It’s time for me to start taking inventory. What else has God gifted to me that I am not using or sharing the way He intended? God shows me so much through my kids and their actions. And all this time I thought I was supposed to be teaching them.

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