There is a friend of mine that told this story. I asked if he’d mind if I shared it on here. He said anything I can use please do so if you think it will help others. I love how he tells it.
“I came home one day and my daughter was mad and upset. She was beating this tree with a baseball bat. I made her stop.
Much like a tree, life may have beat you and have been beating on you for a long time. But I want you to be like this tree, this tree kept growing, still provides shade and still provides shelter. You can still grow through the imperfections. Keep growing. Push yourself. Be who you are supposed to be no matter what life gives you.”
He gives a videos on telling people how You are strong, you are beautiful, you are loved. Go out this week and be the best YOU that you can be. Spread the love. He’s an Army US Vet and is all about giving back to the world, as if being a Veteran wasn’t enough! Lol. I won’t mention his name as I didn’t ask for that permission, but if he comments on here and gives his name that would be great.
How amazing this story is and how true! We just lash out at the weakest thing from us that cannot protect themselves from our anger and WHAM! damage; just like this tree. It did heal over but there is a scar left on it now.
God says in Proverbs 19:11 “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”
And in Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides int he lap of fools.”
How difficult it is to overlook human mistakes, human bullying, human everything! We are so critical of ourselves already that when another puts us down or hurts us in any form, we last out too. In this case (above) the girl lashed out on the tree. What did the tree do to her?
Had you noticed how the gentleman handled his daughter? It wasn’t with harsh words or a spanking, it was with gentleness.
Proverbs 15:1 says: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
He was kind to her in his words and she stopped beating the poor tree. Now the tree has scars, like me, only these are seen and mine are hidden.
Very much like this tree, I too, stand tall. I provide shade and protection. I give of myself to others, helping, loving, laughing. That tree is providing a home to many a critter and provides him and his family a shade in the summer time.
Like my friend said above, Life may have beat you and kept beating you for a long time; but, you can choose to be like the tree, continue growing, love and laugh through all of your imperfections or you can give up. But I hope and pray that you push through, find others like you so that you know you are not alone. You don’t always have to be strong to heal, but you do not need to be alone.
1 Corinthians 16:4 “Do everything in love.”
Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
Bend like the tree, learn to turn the other cheek. You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. What you can do is change how you REACT to them. Sometimes it’s best to have no reaction.
Show respect to people who don’t even deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but rather as a reflection of yours. STAND TALL.
God loves you and so do I.