Like the Flow­ers

Activated - - NEWS - By Neeraj Khosla Neeraj Khosla is an ed­u­ca­tor, teacher, and trainer in In­dia.

I was sit­ting in a friend’s liv­ing room when I no­ticed some crim­son red flow­ers in a vase on the cof­fee ta­ble. I was al­most spell­bound by their love­li­ness, and as I gazed at this beau­ti­ful cre­ation, I seemed to hear God's voice telling me, I want you to be like those flow­ers.

As I re­flected on these words later and on how sim­ply see­ing an artis­tic as­sort­ment of flow­ers can lift our spir­its and in­spire us, I re­mem­bered Je­sus' words, “Con­sider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they nei­ther toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not ar­rayed like one of these.”

If the lilies don't strive, why do I?1 I guess it hap­pens when I get my eyes off of God and stop re­flect­ing His light and glory. I start try­ing to do things in my own strength and haste and end up in­ad­ver­tently go­ing in the wrong direc­tion. Things stop work­ing out the way I hope.

A flower shines by re­flect­ing God's glory. It gen­tly sways with the breeze, smil­ing at passersby and show­ing them the love God gave it. A flower is not idle; it is con­stantly work­ing to take in the light of the sun and trans­form it into some­thing it can use.

Keep­ing in touch with God through prayer is es­sen­tial if we are to grow and blos­som like the lilies of the field. And of course, many flow­ers blos­som into fruit! So to be fruit­ful, we should take the time to ab­sorb God's sun­shine and al­low God's Spirit to pol­li­nate us and oth­ers. As Ti­mothy Keller wrote in Ev­ery Good En­deavor, “The way to serve God at work is to work with a grate­ful, joy­ful, gospel-changed heart through all the ups and downs—to dance with the wind, and to smile through the rain, and to die to self that oth­ers may live.”

Prayer in ac­tion is love, and love in ac­tion is ser­vice. Try to give un­con­di­tion­ally what­ever a per­son needs in the mo­ment. The point is to do some­thing, how­ever small, and show you care through your ac­tions by giv­ing your time. … We are all God’s chil­dren so it is im­por­tant to share His gifts. Do not worry about why prob­lems ex­ist in the world— just re­spond to peo­ple’s needs. … We feel what we are do­ing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less with­out that drop. —Mother Teresa (1910–1997)

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