Are You Being A Living Tree or A Dead Tree?

Scripture:

Proverbs 31:11

 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

Proverbs 11:28

Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

Proverbs 28:26

Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

Observation: (message translation)

          Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.

          A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree. 

          If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others. 

Application:

Today’s readings have two distinct themes for me.

 The first verse is talking about taking responsibility for your tasks and following through on them so that you are trustworthy to your husband in those areas. I’ll admit it; I don’t always get things done in a “timely” manner. I sometimes mismanage my time and end up with a pile of clean yet unfolded laundry for an extra day (or in this case two!). This happened to me just this morning! As I was up getting ready to do my outside chores my husband comes walking through the house stark naked looking for some clean undies which I had neglected to fold and put away yesterday.  I think it is a little funny, but what if I neglected the larger responsibilities that I have (and sometimes I’m guilty of that). Can my husband trust me in my “work”? It is my choice to stay at home and that makes it my place of employment. I don’t get a “paycheck” but it is my job!  I need to make sure that at the end of the day my responsibilities are meet! That doesn’t mean neglecting family time or other commitments but it does mean making sure that they are complete before having “me” time or slacking off to do other extra things.

The last two verses hold a different meaning for me. I must be careful where and in what I stack my self-worth in. What do I devote my time and effort in? Is it things that will pass away with no effect on anyone or is it lasting and eternal? I must first stake my claim in His kingdom and do work that is for His purpose. These things might be as simple as folding the laundry but it is the attitude in which I choose to have that makes the difference. I must also receive my strength from the true living water source first. I must always remember that I will wither, dry-up and die without His strength and refreshment. But with Him I will flourish and be like a tree planted next to a stream and bear much fruit! I must remember that I have the choice to be a living tree or a dead tree!

Prayer:

Lord, help me to be trustworthy to my husband. Help me to be accountable and reliable. Help me to choose the right attitude in which to complete my tasks. I know that it is only through you that I might have strength and be refreshed. Help me to stake my self-worth in you alone and not the things of this world which are so temporary. Help me remain rooted in your living water and draw my strength from you that I may bear good fruit that furthers your kingdom here on earth. Amen

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