Saturday, May 26, 2012


This Morning Diane and I went into the woods and picked some blackberries.  We had intended to stay for about an hour and a half, but something happened which caused our expedition to last a little longer.   I kept discovering fat and juicy berries.  Has that ever happened to you?

As I pondered those fat and juicy berries and their call upon me, I realized that there are many fat and juicy things in life which distract us from our purpose and schedule.   I had my day planned, but those fat and juicy berries have put me far behind schedule, and some things simply will not get accomplished.

I’m convinced that God has a plan for us as we live out each day.  A plan designed to grow us into a more Christlike individual, to touch the lives of others in a positive way, and to move toward the ultimate fulfillment of His purpose for our lives.  The fat and juicy blackberries of life tend to distract us from His purpose, thereby causing us to play catchup in our doings.  Additionally, we suffer guilt for having not accomplished what He had for us.

Those fat and juicy blackberries of life can sometimes lead us into some very thorny situations.  I remarked to my wife that the best berries seemed to always be the most inaccessible requiring me to sustain scratches and pricks in order to reach them.

Too often those that appeared fat and juicy were much less so once I reached them.  That, too, is the way of life as we observe the highly desirable object from a distance, only to be disappointed once it has been acquired.

From "A Word For Living" by Mike Rasberry

©                        2012                 Mike Rasberry

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