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The key to healthy relationships is being rooted in God’s word

Writers: RON AND BETH WELLS | Sept./Oct. 2017

In the early 1940s, my dad, Lenis Wells, established our family business, Wells Nursery & Orchards, in the small East Texas community of Lindale, Texas. He worked many hours with Texas A& M University to develop new varieties of fruit bearing trees by stem grafting a shoot of a selected plant (scion) onto the rootstock (lower part) of another.

Lenis knew healthier and more diseaseresistant rootstock produced better fruit. Today, several generations of our Wells’ family continue in the nursery business.

An interesting parallel exists between the development of healthy fruit trees and human families. Each variety of fruit tree originates from an established rootstock just as each family derives its origin from relatives and ancestors.

As each generation grafts new branches onto the original family tree, distinctive changes occur.

We seldom see the deep, complex root system of our human family that constructs the life and foundation of each generation.

“Who we are” and “who we may become” is often a mystery and a challenge.

Like tree roots drawing water and nutrients from the surrounding soil, families draw upon the standards and life principles from their existing family including moral values, character, integrity, and understanding life outside themselves.

In a secular belief system rooted in culture, men and women decide what is “truth” and what is “right.” A “herd mentality” often develops that is often at odds with God’s model for families.

Future generations often continue these world beliefs unless they choose (graft into) a different root system.

Creating healthy families in a secular world requires making choices on lifestyle principles found in God’s Word. Paul in his letter to the Colossians refers to this same belief system when he writes, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

In the Old Testament, the writer of Psalm 1:3 speaks of a healthy spiritual horticulturewhen describing a godly person: “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they

do prospers.”

Paul admonishes Christians to be rooted and grounded in God’s love. “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong” (Ephesians 3:17).

We must follow principles from the Word of God to develop a new foundation for ourselves and our children. We cannot rely on church traditions or men’s philosophy to show us “truth.”

STRENGTH IN TRUTH

In Shelley S. Gramm’s, “God’s Word For Gardeners Bible,” she asks: “How do we tap into the tuberous resource, the deep history and fibrous system of sustaining faith in God? …. Our heritage in Christ is the common heritage with God’s people; people chosen to display the splendor of the Lord. … Whether we are well established in God’s family or a relatively recent transplant or grafted branch, we each have an equal opportunity to root our lives in the Lord.”

Paul answers this question in Colossians 2:6-7: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

We never stop growing

in our personal relationship with God. Faith develops as we read His Word, pray, learn and obey what He teaches us. Biblical instruction and fellowship with other godly men and women encourage our growth in Christ.

With God as the creator and sustainer of our life and family, we can prosper and flourish in this world.

We can grow deeper within the soil of His will and purpose and produce fruit eternally.

Ron Wells is director of Centrepoint Ministries in Tyler, Texas. Ron and his wife, Beth, work with individuals and families to help develop and strengthen healthy relationships through teaching, mentoring and discipleship. Centrepoint Website: www.centrepoint.cc. Email: ronwells@centrepoint.cc.

Ron Wells is director of Centrepoint Ministries in Tyler, Texas. Ron and his wife, Beth, work with individuals and families to help develop and strengthen healthy relationships through teaching, mentoring and discipleship. Centrepoint Website: www.centrepoint.cc.  Email: ronwells@centrepoint.cc.

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