First Steps – May 14, 2018

Trees are similar to our souls, both require two basic initial ingredients that are essential for its future: good soil and strong roots. However, we cannot grow strong roots without good soil.

Therefore, what is good soil for our souls? With what do we fill this hole we’ve created? Generally good soil is made up of about 25 percent water and 25 percent air (made mostly of oxygen and nitrogen). The other half is made of stone, clay, and organic matter – decaying plant and animal life. We are not surprised to learn that soil is half air and water – things we know we need in order to live as much as trees do.

But what is the spiritual equivalent of good dirt? The answer: humility. Just as trees wither and die without good soil, our soul will not grow without humility. With that soil in place, roots can form in the earth, and as they grow deep and strong, the tree moves out of the ground and toward the light. If you want to grow in your faith, humility is a must. For this reason, remember the words of Jesus, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).




This week’s reading:

  • Monday – Mark 4
  • Tuesday – Mark 5
  • Wednesday – Mark 6, 7
  • Thursday – 1 Corinthians 13
  • Friday – Mark 8


Please Pray for:

  • Our Military – leaders and soldiers
  • Our families, workplace, church, and community
  • Those grieving the loss of loved ones
  • Building Renovations, Modifications, and Phase 3: Construction of New Youth Building and rear parking