The Mediterranean diet is a popular, healthy eating plan. Olive oil is central to this diet. Now olive trees most often grow in marginal areas, like rocky hillsides, unsuited to other crops. While olive trees may prefer good soil, they are quite hardy and do well under stressful conditions.
In fact, a Greek friend of mine believes that the more distressed the earth, the better the olive oil.
How about you? Are you producing your best where you find yourself or too busy complaining about the conditions to bear good fruit?
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Out of our trials comes new life. Use whatever situation you’re in to help you grow stronger. Take a lesson from the olive tree and flourish where you’re planted—in the high calling of our daily work.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
Originally Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013
When we develop a relationship with Christ, we want to grow like Christ in word and deed. We want to develop Christ-like character. However, as sinners saved by grace, we approach ethical growth knowing that, compared to Christ, "all our righteous acts are like filthy rags" (Isa. 64:6). We act ethically in order to glorify and imitate him, but we humbly understand that we will never be him. We act ethically in response to the One who acted far more ethically than we can fully grasp.