Ever Growing, Ever Green, Part 2
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Psalm 92:12-15 ESV
In Today’s Treasure Bible verse, the writer paints a picture of a person who not only plants herself in the house of the Lord, she flourishes there. She starts preparing for the second half of life when she is young. She worships her God in a way that permeates all of life. This woman still bears fruit in old age. She is ever growing, ever green. Her purpose in life is to declare to anyone who enters her life: My God is good. He is my rock. His love and sovereignty is perfect. This is where we start when struggling to know how to live out this second life. When we start there, the Lord starts opening our eyes to opportunities to continue to offer the life-giving encouragement of His Word, whether we are in a job, at home or struggling to find a new normal because of physical limitations.
LIFE GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT
Life-giving encouragement is contagious. When we experience the grace and forgiveness of Jesus, we can’t keep it to ourselves. We look for ways to offer that same help and hope to others. That doesn’t mean we pound people with the Bible in hand. Instead, we see that God can open opportunities to share life-giving encouragement as we “do life” together.
Where are you plugged in? As you go to work, a social event, a Bible study, a service activity, ask the Lord to open your heart and eyes to opportunities to offer your life as a means of offering help and hope. Make a note in your journal of your desire and watch God open doors.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to this Heroin Addiction audio resource so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
It’s an epidemic that knows no cultural, age, race or financial boundaries. Whole neighborhoods are struggling with the challenge of heroin addiction. Why does an addict continue to use heroin when you know it’s destroying the lives of their loved ones? What is it about heroin that a user is willing to do anything necessary to get their next fix? Why is it so hard to break the chains of heroin addiction? Is relapse a normal part of the heroin addict’s journey? How should a family respond when relapse happens? We ask all these questions and more in this interview with Joey, a recovering heroin addict, and his grandmother, Ann. And ultimately, we ask, is there hope for a heroin addict? It’s our hope that those who hear this redemption story will know, there is hope, even in the darkest corners of heroin addiction.