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Small Sprouts

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2, NIV

Jerry was visiting a state park with his grandson. He was delighted to show the boy the beautiful land that he’d spent years hiking. He pointed to a tree where he’d carved his initials when he was young. He walked his familiar prayer path, explaining that he often walked the trail when he was praying for various family members.

When the pair came to a familiar creek, they decided to rest for a bit. His grandson pointed out an area of the woods that was blackened by soot and ash. “What happened there, Grandpa?” he asked.

“That’s from a forest fire,” Jerry said.

“Is it all dead?” the young boy asked.

Jerry pointed to a few green buds in the ground. “See these small sprouts? New beginnings are growing right now.”

Sometimes, it’s tempting to judge new or inexperienced Christians. You might be tempted to judge someone else for their past. Maybe they went to prison, lived a party lifestyle, or made a string of bad choices.

Don’t trample the tender green shoots just rising from the ground. Instead, focus on how you can mentor this Christian. Invite them into your growth journey and let your roots grow deeper together.


Lord, send me a Christian brother or sister who needs a mentor. Give me the boldness to share what You’re working on in my life and the desire to love whomever you send my way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 10 Devotional

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