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Small Sprouts

January 5, 2019 | Author: | Posted in New Beginnings

Today’s devotional reflection on New Beginnings is about: Small Sprouts

2 “with all lowliness and meekness, with patience,
    forbearing one another in love,”

    – Ephesians 4:2, RSVCE | NJB

Small Sprouts (New Beginnings Devotional Reflection)

Jerry was visiting a state park with his grandson. He was delighted to show the boy the beautiful land that he’d spent years hiking. He pointed to a tree where he’d carved his initials when he was young. He walked his familiar prayer path, explaining that he often walked the trail when he was praying for various family members.

When the pair came to a familiar creek, they decided to rest for a bit. His grandson pointed out an area of the woods that was blackened by soot and ash. “What happened there, Grandpa?”

“That’s the forest fire,” Jerry said.

“Is it all dead?” The young boy asked.

Jerry pointed to a few green buds in the ground. “See these small sprouts? New beginnings are growing right now.”
Sometimes, it’s tempting to judge new or inexperienced Christians. You might be tempted to judge someone else for their past. Maybe they went to prison, lived a party lifestyle, or made a string of bad choices.

But don’t trample the tender green shoots just rising from the ground. Instead, focus on how you can mentor this Christian. Invite them into your growth journey and let your roots grow deeper together.

God, send me a Christian brother or sister
who needs a mentor in their life.
Give me the boldness to share what
You’re working on in my life and the
desire to love them right where they are.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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