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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 7, 2011 - Learning From Failure

By Geff Mastro

Life is full of learning experiences. Some are fun and even anxiously awaited. Some are downright stinky and make you wish you could forever blot out their memory.

I experienced that second variety recently when I lost my temper over something one of our children was doing to the other. I was scared with good cause, I might add. So I got loud and scary myself. I got my point across, but in doing so I didn’t really show a spiritual fruit of gentleness or love like I should have.

Because the fruit I displayed wasn’t what I would have liked, it made me take a good long look at my spiritual tree. I realized that although it might have looked OK on the outside, my tree still needed a bit of tending and cultivating.

I always liked Psalm 1 about the tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season and how its leaf does not wither and whatever it does prospers. Its roots were driven deep, nourished daily, fed by a running stream. As a result of being planting in the right place and feeding properly and daily, it was able to yield the right fruit in the right season.

One thing I can definitely point to as a cause of my difficulty, when I look at my tree spiritually, is that for the past few weeks I had been neglecting my time in the prayer room and wasn’t fasting or reading the Word. I hadn’t missed months and months, but I have to tell you, sometimes a little bit is just enough. Because my tree had stopped getting nourished, my roots were very quickly drying up.

How about you? How productive and regular are your times of personal prayer, Bible study and interaction in a faith community? Is your spiritual tree in need of nourishment in order to produce the kind of fruit God designed for your life?

If you’re dealing with a recent failure, don’t become discouraged. Take the steps you need to take and begin enjoying renewed growth and fruitfulness.

— Geff Mastro lives in a Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Florence, N.J.



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