Saturday, November 11, 2006

Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt - Growth

Photo Hunt 31: Growth

Theme: Growth | Join the Photo Hunt | View Blogroll | Visit participants.

I see these Christian one liners on church marquees and while some can be cheesy, there are those that pack a sermonette in a simple thought. The purpose of going to a church, one would hope is to grow spiritually with God using the Bible as the instruction manual for one's life.

What resonated with me on the sign above is the powerful image of a leader or a pastor who is going to provide a platform of opportunity for growth in one's life. Yes it is easier to preach ten sermons than to live one. Fathers, CEOs, managers, persons of influence... we seen (and suffered under) them... "Do as I say, not as I do.."

Growth - good growth always happens in the context of healthy relationships. Michael Jackson even sings about "A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart and a washed-out dream.... I'm starting with the man in the mirror... Take a look at yourself and then make a change."

Leo Tolstoy nailed it - "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

800 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi - "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."

(note to myself: Growth is good.)


I joined the Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt hosted by TN Chick. You too can play: Join the Photo Hunt There's a different theme every Saturday, and it's a lot of fun visiting the community of participants.


abe/hap said...

those are great thoughts to think of today.
thanks for visiting or site & commenting :)

Debbie said...

This is a very thought provoking take on the theme! Truly wonderful and it does send a message! Growth is good and so is God!
My photo is up. Happy Saturday!

Barbara H. said...

Great thoughts here and a great take on the theme.

Deb said...

Inspiring thoughts and a really great message!

sista smiff said...

Dang, did it again. Fantastic.

Mummy B said...

I enjoyed reading your thought's on "growth". Thought-provoking!


Pam said...

Great take on the theme Growth. Our church is growing also!

Expat Traveler said...

Great interpretation. Thanks for visiting and welcome aboard!

Kit_Fur_Cat said...

Great take on growth; I am a firm believer in spiritual growth; it's nice to see this presented without the "holier than thou" attitude that accompanies so many messages like this. You're right! It does send a powerful image.

Blessed be