LIVING LIKE A BAMBOO
A MESSAGE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION FOR WORKDAYS
Message Synopsis: Changes and unforeseen challenges are a given in our lives, both at work and at home. An ancient Eastern proverb reads: The bamboo which bends is stronger than the oak which resists. When the winds of change start blowing through your life, do you stubbornly resist, causing yourself undue anxiety and pain, or do you gently move with the flow of life, confidently relying on God to guide you to your best destination? Eastern wisdom encouraged us to be open to growth and new experiences, and so did Jesus. He encouraged us to be spiritually open to His new ideas, so that we can experience profound wisdom and lasting peace. Our lives will never remain static, nor should they, so when the winds of change start blowing around us, we need to listen for the voice of God within those winds and then cling to His guiding hands.
“Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.” Proverbs 8:34 ESV
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. Mark 1:17-18 KJV
There is an old Eastern proverb about the benefits of being flexible. It says: The bamboo which bends is stronger than the oak which resists. In other words, if people fight against the winds of change too strongly—if they don’t learn how to adapt and how to be tolerant—then they will break instead of thriving in this world.
Have there been any hints of change blowing around you lately? If so, how have you reacted up to this point? How do you plan to react next week and then next month when something unexpected creeps into your plans and routines?
Flexibility is priceless when it comes to our professional lives. We often focus on a single specialty in college only to find ourselves doing something totally different for a living by age thirty. Family obligations and financial necessities might keep us at jobs we don’t love or force us to leave ones that we do.
And even if we are fortunate enough to stay within our preferred profession or at our preferred company for a long time, some changes will always hit. People will quit, managers will switch their priorities, economies will shift, and someone will usually ask us to perform tasks we never signed up for. However, with the right perspective it is all manageable.
We have to stay flexible in order to stay healthy in all areas of our lives. Some people have come to the conclusion that a religious life is a static life, but the opposite is actually true. Jesus constantly preached about the importance of accepting new information and messages instead of holding stubbornly to old routines and beliefs. Like us, He had hopes for how His time on this earth would play out, but He was ultimately flexible and surrendered to the will of the Father. He prayed and then listened for answers, and He tried to teach His followers how to be flexible and listen to the calls of God, too.
Today, try to be more like a bamboo in all aspects of your life. Be strong but flexible and don’t resist change. Go with the flow of life instead of getting defensive or defeated whenever a challenge presents itself. Both at work and at home, be open to new adventures and listen for God’s direction.
Prayer: Dear God, please stretch my heart, mind, and soul so that I am increasingly flexible in all respects. Please strengthen my ability to welcome change and true growth into my life. Today, I follow where You lead me.
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