OUR SOULS are—or our spiritual growth is—like a tree. Imagine a circle on the ground. Within this space, the tree of our soul grows. The width of the circle is the knowledge of ourselves and the depth of the circle is our knowledge of God. With sufficient knowledge of self and God, the good soil of humility fills this space and the roots of love take hold. The tree grows strong when the soul exercises its powers of memory, understanding, and will, as well as three key virtues: patience, perseverance, and courage. The soul draws upon these traits for discernment, which leads to the tree’s fruits: charity, prayer, and others.
Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God
From page 11 of Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God by Christopher Maricle. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Spend time today thinking about the roots of your faith, not just the fruits of your faith? Are you tending those roots? Are they still growing in new, bigger, deeper ways? Share your thoughts.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
—Colossians 2:6-7, NRSV
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