5 Ways Plants and People are Alike

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

For those of us who live along the Texas Gulf, now is the time to cut back our plants, remove those growing things that didn’t survive the cold winter, and nurture the doubtful ones back to health. If possible.

I enjoy gardening. It provides time for me to think while doing my best to make the outside of our home look presentable. During my cleanup this week, I learned a lot about plants and people. We have lots of similarities. Here are 5 varieties:

  1. Survivors: Some people are resilient to whatever is tossed their way. They are able to withstand the heat, cold, drought, and heavy rains. These people are firmly rooted in God’s provision.
  2. Sincere: We’ve all met people who strive to be strong. Sometimes they are successful and courageous when the high winds of life threaten to destroy them. These people may crumble for a while, but they are able to eventually dig deep to reach up to the Son and find their strength.
  3. Solitary: A few people put up a good fight. They tighten their resolve not to be overcome by the world, but they choose to rely on their own initiative. We hope they learn to choose the right soil and receive nourishment from His word.
  4. Shattered: Unfortunately, some people give up on life when pressures in and around them are too great to bear. They ignore those who want to help or show them an easier way.
  5. Seedlings: These people are forced by their behavior to evaluate previous choices and methods of living life. They are willing to pull up the past and start all over. Many times, this variety yields the most good.

When I reflect on the above, I confess at times I’ve fit into every variety. Growth and change are brought about by the temperature of the world around us. We respond and are either victorious or make a mistake. What we learn takes us to the next level.

Have you considered the resemblance between plants and people? While reading this post, did you pick out yourself?

DiAnn Mills


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