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I recently heard my pastor talk about being like a tree. The Bible talks about being like a tree (Psalm 1:1-3; 92:12-15). The more I think about it, the more I want to be like a tree.

Trees don’t move from the spot they are in. They are stable and rooted. But they grow and they change. They shade and shelter what is around them. I want to be like that. I want to stay where God has planted me, and grow the whole time. I want to change when I should. I want to let God water me. I want to let God prune me, to cut away the branches I don’t need. I want to be grown enough to shelter those around me, to use what God has given me to help others. I want to bear fruit for God’s glory.

I want to be like a tree planted by the water. I want to flourish in God’s care. I want to stand firmly rooted and unmovable, yet still be growing and changing.