Life Is Not A “Set-It-And-Forget-It” Experience

I have this love/hate relationship with a beautiful and maddening cypress tree in my front yard. I love that tree not only because it’s beautiful but also because it casts long shadows that cool the front of our yard on hot summer days. At the same time I hate that thing because it’s constantly dumping tiny little niblets of cypress growth. Unlike leaves from a normal tree, these little niblets (what do you call them?) get all clumped together in my rain gutters, and no matter how often I clean out those gutters I’m always having to get on a ladder in the driving rain to unclog my overflowing gutters. It’s a pain in the you-know-what!

I wish I could clean my gutters at the beginning of the rainy season (thank God we’re actually having a rainy season!) and then forget it. But that darn cypress tree won’t let me set it and forget it. In the same way, I wish I could just “one and done” my way through spiritual and emotional growth – learning a lesson one time, setting a new course, and then not have to think about it or wrestle with it again. However, that ain’t how it works. My spiritual and emotional development are a lot more like my ongoing experience with my cypress tree where I’m constantly having to clean things out to keep things running smoothly. That’s life in the real world!

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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