Bloom­ing Amherst!!!

The Amherst News - - RELIGION - By Rev. Don Miler First Bap­tist Church, Amherst

Was it just me, or did you think that the town flow­ers looked ab­so­lutely amaz­ing this year?

Both the hang­ing bas­kets as well as the pot­ted ar­range­ments and gar­dens re­ally looked spec­tac­u­lar.

I heard a ru­mour that this year they hired an ex­pert to help them with the plants - a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist named Chelsea Baird. What a huge dif­fer­ence that ex­pert made in mak­ing Amherst look beau­ti­ful - and just in time for our 150 Cel­e­bra­tions!

Vaughan and his merry band of sum­mer stu­dents were dili­gent at wa­ter­ing the plants. Some­times you could even catch them work­ing late into the evenings.

Now, I’m sure there were times when they doubted the ex­perts in­struc­tions.Times when it felt like too much or too lit­tle wa­ter. When the tim­ing seemed awk­ward or the progress seemed slow. There were no doubt days when they felt un­mo­ti­vated to do the job, or dis­cour­aged by the re­sults. But they per­se­vered, and their per­se­ver­ance re­ally paid off.

Well...it doesn’t take a rocket science to see where I’m go­ing with this View­point. Our Ex­pert - The Cre­ator - is pretty clear with our in­struc­tions. God gives us com­mand­ments and golden rules to help in our growth. But there are times when we doubt God’s ex­per­tise. We are eas­ily dis­cour­aged with our growth, and some­times even ques­tion if the ad­vice of our ex­pert is any longer rel­e­vant or prac­ti­cal in this day and age. So we can be slack in our du­ties, and our soil can get pretty dry.

As I walked down the street and looked around at the beau­ti­ful flow­ers, I re­alised that it didn’t just hap­pen. It was a team ef­fort that took lots of work and dis­ci­pline. And as I see faith­ful fol­low­ers of Christ who beam with His love I also re­alise that their faith didn’t just hap­pen, but grew lit­tle by lit­tle ev­ery day. Of­ten times it can be a team ef­fort. When it comes to hav­ing a strong faith it usu­ally in­volves lots of prac­tice on the jour­ney.

So three cheers to Chelsea Baird and the town crew for their ex­cel­lent work.

Thank you for mak­ing Sum­mer 2017 one of the pret­ti­est ever.

You also re­minded us that when it comes to Faith - we need to be dili­gent, and de­ter­mined and ready to bloom wher­ever we hap­pen to be planted.

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