Growing Down

Short isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just try reaching the top shelf in the kitchen or at the grocery store. Then there is the whole being the shortest in the class until eighth grade and having a best friend almost six feet tall. At that moment, I would have done just about anything to grow taller.

In our lives we want to be on top. Grow taller and faster so we can be the best, but there is a little secret we sometimes forget in our quest for the clouds.

Roots. Without them we are vulnerable to all kinds of disaster; drought, storms, disease, you name it. Before you have the ability to grow up, you must grow down. Get grounded where there is water and nourishment.

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is to great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

Ephesians 3:17-19(NLT)

Growing roots will keep us strong in our faith and help us follow the dreams God has placed in our hearts. When the storms of life come our way we will have roots firmly grounded to withstand the wind. When we reach new heights, we will have the strength to avoid temptation. Spend time at the feet of Jesus and in the fellowship of those who serve him. Study the Word to give you knowledge for the difficult times. Before you complain about not growing tall enough, ask yourself if you’ve grown down enough.

What are some things that you do to help you to grow down?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “Growing Down

  1. bethkvogt says:

    Good thoughts, all.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    Thanks, Beth! God has been reminding me of this lately.

  3. Tree roots grow down, seeking water…I’ve started my 7th year of reading through the Bible chronologically, and every year I learn something new.

  4. Michelle Lim says:

    That’s fantastic, Pat! There is so much depth in God’s Word we just keep learning.

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