Mark 11:20, KJV
And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the root
Most people, when given the opportunity, are good because we want to do the right thing; we want to stand in a crisis, and we want to do things that earn the respect and admiration of others. We want to be healthy, but sometimes it’s hard to have the willpower that is necessary to make real change. We want to have meaningful relationships, but often past failures keep us from giving new opportunities the genuine transparency that is needed. Regardless of how good our intentions are, there are some things that we are predisposed to as a result of our backgrounds, and some of these are behaviors we had no control over.
Those who lived during the great depression will reuse a piece of aluminum foil, a sandwich bag, and a host of other things. Those of us who grew up during the civil rights era are more focused on freedom and individuality, while the millennials are absorbed with information and knowledge gathering. The families we grew up in, and the environment around us all worked to establish some strong roots. While many of our ways may be shaped by the past or where we come from, we do not have to remain in that place.
It is true that these roots often birth issues, and many times we don’t know where they come from. However, if you want to be successful in conquering some of the negative things that recur in your life, the best place to start is at the beginning. All fruit, whether it be good or bad, has a root. Ask God for the courage to look at things that you may not want to revisit but are essential to your moving forward in life with more usefulness and greater productivity. This one act can make all the difference in the world as to whether you flourish as time goes by, or if you will wither up and die. The choice is yours.