A missionary friend sent me a letter with the tract Bloom where you are planted! enclosed. It was such an encouragement to me. I thought I would share some of it with you.
It’s so easy to live in the land of wishful thinking. “Life would have been better IF. Or life would be wonderful IF.”
In contrast with this is the person who finds purpose and satisfaction right where he is. Who has joy and meaning now. Who doesn’t live on rose-colored memories or on wishing that one’s circumstances would improve but in the joy of the present.
The Bible talks about this kind of life and about some people who have experienced it. It’s incredible, but the people it describes had little wealth, a future full of trouble, and a past of despair.
Yet they found a new dimension to life that helped them to get on with living just the way it was and to even bloom right where they were planted.
And not only that, it was so contagious that they shared it. They found in trusting Jesus Christ as Savior a new life that they could never have purchased and that no one could take from them.
You too can discover this new life in which you will find…
…love that is not based on your feelings or merits but on the unending mercies of God (Romans 5:8).
…freedom from guilt because Jesus Christ has taken the punishment for your sins (I Peter 3:18).
…friendship that will never disappoint you because Jesus promised, “I will never thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).
…a reason for living because following Christ gives true meaning and purpose to life (John 14:6).
…an unshakable future firmly based on Christ’s promise: “I will come again” (John 14:3).
…an eternal home where the killjoys of earth–selfishness, hatred, death–will all be gone (Revelation 21:4).
If you would like to put your trust in Jesus Christ, you can pray something like this today: “Lord, thank you for sending Jesus Christ to die for my sins and rise from the dead so that I can know Your forgiveness and be with You forever. I ask Him to be my Savior so that I can begin to live today in the joy of your love.”