Planted by the Rivers of Water

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf aso shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 1:1-3

During my run on a beautiful, crisp, Autumn morning, I went past a large farmers ditch and happened to look over. In the ditch was a dark green, very full tree that some seed had decided to take root. All around it was weeds, but it was taller and full of life compared to the rest. Surrounding the ditch was fields full of beans, so it stood out among the other plants. Psalm 1 popped in my head as I continued my run and I began meditating on the first three verses.

The first verse began to make perfect sense to me. God shined new light on it that I’ve never thought of before. Over the past few months I have been reading about how runners surround themselves with other runners if they want to become better. Christians are constantly encouraged by other believers who have the same life goal as them. People trying to loose weight get a better end result if they have others around them who are trying to do the same. Anybody seeking to get better at something do better if they surround themselves with people who are doing the same thing as them. That’s why we have people we look up to. We end up turning out like our role models.

We are blessed in our Christian walk if we don’t surround ourselves with people who do the opposite of what we want to do. The more we surround ourselves with people who are living the life and character we want to eventually have, the more of a chance we will become the person we dream of being. And what we watch, do and read is also going to affect who we become.

Be careful what you surround yourself with.  There is truth in the saying, “What you eat is what you become.”

Have a blessed week and plant yourself by the rivers of water!! 

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