Yesterday was Sunday, and I was unable to attend church due to the fact that I have been sick and in bed for three days. (That is a whole other story for another day.) After church, all three of the kids walked in, each holding one of these plants. At first I thought, "How nice to bring their sick mom a flower home." Then I heard the only thing I remember them saying, "We just have to watch them die." Now, that was a very odd statement. I got the whole story from Gary later, and the lesson was very sobering. Our pastor handed out these plants to everyone in the church and asked them to take them home and not water it and not give it any sunlight. Basically, just watch it die. He knew that this will bother many of the people. It only takes a little time to give it a little water, and that would help so much. How can I just slowly watch this pretty flower wither up and die? Pastor preached a message to go with the illustration, but the main point is this: how many of us do the same thing with people? We don't share the water of God's word. We don't tell them about the light of the world. We basically just let them wither and die to an eternity in hell. Pastor said, "If that plant really bothers you over the course of this next week, then may it motivate you to go share some good news with your neighbor or co-worker. Be more concerned over those souls than a small plant."
I did not get to church, but I did get the message----nice and clear!