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Helping Others Grow

Today’s Reflection

FOR YEARS my “bucket list” included enrolling in the Master Gardener program supported by Purdue University in my home state of Indiana. Not until I paid my registration fee, bought the necessary tools, and attended my first meeting did I learn the depth of the curriculum.

This serious business involved much more than trading tips on where to plant perennials or how to eradicate beetles. To earn my “badge” as a Master Gardener, I would have to study the contents of a thick 3-ring binder, agree to apply my new knowledge not just to my own backyard but also to a public green space, and abide by the group’s mission statement. The wording of the latter surprised me. The statement didn’t ask me to help others grow plants; instead, it asked me to “help others grow.” …

I have often heard sermlons that use gardening as a metaphor for propagating our faith. …

As followers of Christ we study God’s word and apply it in our everyday lives. But our responsibility doesn’t stop there. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we assume an obligation to pass our faith on to others. We accept as our mission the charge “to help others grow.”

– Holly G. Miller
Disciplines 2013

From the reading for April 6 by Holly G. Miller, page 122 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2013: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Disciplines 2013 is only $4.00 now—a real bargain. Order your copy today.

Today’s Question

What does your “bucket list” include? How can you help others grow?

Been intending to dig deeper into the rich soil of God’s word? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Acts 1:11, NRSV

This Week: pray for single mothers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:
John of Avila.
(May 10).

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  • Gary May 6, 2013, 9:40 am

    My bucket list includes moving from this apartment into a mobile home so my wife, my dog, and I can travel. We want to visit/ do things that will be made simpler with adopting the nomad lifestyle from our current sedentary life where we only talk and dream about doing things.

    I spent my career in helping others grow from addictions into normalcy and then into godliness. Today I am doing the same thing by blessing strangers whom I pass on my way.

  • Jay May 6, 2013, 10:09 am

    We had a great sermon yesterday! The message was that we are to make disciples that are so passionate about Christ that they in turn go out and make more disciples and so on. We can’t become lazy and be satisfied as our church membership or attendance grows. If we truly believe the message of Jesus Christ this should be our goal in life.

  • robert moeller May 6, 2013, 10:17 am

    Being a single parent, mother or father, no matter how old you are or your children are, is a very difficult situation. Life seems to revolve around you and and your ability to do what is needed since you are now the head of the family. I certainly ask for God’s wisdom, guidance, and blessing on single mothers or fathers. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

    My first reaction was I don’t have a bucket list. On second thought I do have one; caring for my family – Mom at 94 – two children in their 30s – and a newborn grand-daughter, my finance Anneliese, church, and finally my model railroad. Through all of these I reach people and do what I can to help.

  • rosemary nieswonder May 6, 2013, 8:35 pm

    T o date I have not received my May/June copy of the upper room. MY address is 811 Eddy Rd, Bloomington, IL 61704. thank you

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 16, 2013, 8:53 am

    I introduce my students to read devotionals and give them booklets on whatever issues they are struggling – forgiveness, etc.

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