So recently I have been challenged on how people see themselves and their worth.
I mean that there are a lot of people lowering themselves to meet the worlds standards instead of raising the worlds standards to meet theirs. It all comes down to how you view yourself.
Do you see yourself as…
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When i was still in education and ‘investing’ into my life-sharpening my mind at college, I heard a phrase whilst in the cafeteria-a regular studying location for me-that was used to describe a persons looks - ‘that person there, they are a Monet’.
a what? a Monet…meaning they looked good at a distance but up close they looked like a right mess.
Being a typical teenage lad I found that phrase highly hilarious, but now as a responsible husband & dad of 2, I clearly see it was wrong and inappropriate (honestly I do)
I got to thinking though, what kind of life am I living…? Is it a ‘Monet’ type of life? just incase you didn’t know, the french artist would paint pictures using a technique that looked good from a distance and presented a beautiful picture, but up Close it looks like a lot of mess and becomes quite unclear….is that the kind of life I want?
Another way of thinking about it, is with the use of nature.
The Fig tree, should produce fruit - figs I believe, but before the fig fruit, it even produces another fruit called Taqsh.
As time moves towards fig production season, (whenever that may be?) the tree will gain all its leaves and then should produce some Taqsh (little fruits), before the figs arrive.
If no little fruits appear there’ll be no fruit at all.
From a distance, a leafy fig tree looks like it could hold tasty treats and should supply the hungry with some food but for some trees, on closer inspection, they have nothing to offer.
Therefore what kind of life are we living?
When people look at you from a far, do they see plenty of ‘leaves’ thinking how beautiful you look, how healthy and successful you appear to be…
However, as people get up close what do they find behind the ‘leaves’?
The sign of fruit to come?
Fruit falling off you ripened and sweet?
Or do they find nothing?
A fig tree with leaves but no sign of fruit, will not bear figs for that entire season and is actually not doing what is was made to do.
All it does, is look nice.
Today, are you just looking good from a distance - like a monet painting, Are you best kept at arms length?
Or are you like a fruitful fig tree-when people come close enough to look beyond the beauty, is your life giving out, supporting and helping others?