There was once a farmer who owned a beautiful piece of land that stretched as far as the eye could see. This farmer not only grew his crops, but also created a great amount of wealth and health for his entire family. Everything was going according to the farmer’s plans until he noticed a small tree growing in his field.
The tree did not seem to be a problem for the farmer, the crops still flourished and produced. Additionally, the tree provided plenty of shade when he would get hot from working in the sun all day. The farmer began to love his tree. The tree grew large and spread its branches wide over the field. The tree even started sprouting saplings as the wind blew seeds across the field.
Not before long, the farmer noticed the tree had taken up a rather large portion of his field. The crops began to die as the roots of the tree stretched far beneath the ground in every direction strangling his crops. Soon the farmer realized that all his crops were gone and not yielding any produce whatsoever.
The farmer found himself in a desperate situation. He had run out of wealth and desperately needed to plentiful harvest to feed his family. However, he loved his tree and had become accustom to lounging under it all day. He decided to cut the branches of the tree so that the sun would strike the crops. After cutting all the branches off the tree and planting new crops, the farmer felt relieved to see his crops barely sprouting out of the ground. However, the branches of the tree grew quicker than the crops and once again hid them from the sun.
The farmer made the DEFINITE decision that something must be done. He dug DEEP and cut the tree at the ROOT.
The branches of any tree in your life will not linger long after the roots has been cut. However, the decision to dig deep it is the most important and difficult thing you will face. Adverse situations will not take care of themselves. Once the root of our problems has been completely removed from our attention, then the outcome and effects of our problems begin to dissipate. Change your thoughts to not accept the situation (whether it be a relationship, lack of money, ect) and dig deep. Trimming the branches only bring frustration, DIG DEEP.
Beautiful Photo courtesy of Robby Garbett