Be Steadfast and Immovable
Blooming Where God Has Planted You
by Joanne Troppello
“Bloom where you are planted” is a well-known quote that is first credited to the Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) This phrase was later made popular by the illustrator, Mary Engelbreit.
Sometimes it’s difficult to bloom where you’re planted; especially when life is not going the way you’d hoped it would be going. Yet, that’s life. Some days are good. Some are bad. Some days we just coast through.
Be Continually Blooming
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – I Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)
No matter what I’m doing, I must do it with grace and dignity and try to do my best. I must make every effort to succeed and grow from my current circumstances. Even though I hate change, I must learn to embrace it. Seasons come and seasons go, but as long as I am always trying to grow and become a better person, then I will truly bloom where I am planted and bring a smile to my Heavenly Father’s face.
Blooming where you’re planted is not always easy. However, you can try the following simple steps to be continually blooming and making the most of every situation.
Having the right perspective is key. When you fail and feel like you’re wilting rather than blooming, that’s when the right mindset can help you through. I like to memorize Bible verses to help me in various circumstances throughout the day. I don’t always remember where the passage is found in the Bible, but memorizing the words usually comes easy for me.
I love when God reminds me of His Word exactly at the moment when I needed to hear it. However, if I wasn’t getting God’s Word into my head and heart through Bible reading and study, there’d be nothing there for my mind to recall.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” – II Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)
God’s Word is powerful; especially when we read it aloud since “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Surround yourself with people who are beacons of light and great encouragers.
“There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.” – Katharine Butler Hathaway
If you are surrounded by people with negative perspectives, that can easily bring you down and keep you from blooming where you’re planted. You don’t need hundreds of friends cheering you on, but you do need a few people in your circle who can give you the encouragement you need and speak the truth to you when you need to hear that as well.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. – I John 4:7-9 (NKJV)
You can be continually blooming by also providing similar encouragement and love to others who need it.
3. Comfort Zone
While you’re trying to bloom where you’re planted, step outside your comfort zone. That can help you to get out of your own pity party and help others. Maybe that might mean volunteering at a local food pantry or soup kitchen or serving in a ministry at your church.
Steeping outside your comfort zone can be trying something new like learning how to paint or joining an outdoor activities club where you can go hiking with other like-minded people.
“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Roy T. Bennett
I’ve been doing well with having the right mindset and surrounding myself with encouraging people and encouraging others. I’m still working on the whole stepping outside my comfort zone aspect of blooming where I’m planted.
Have you been blooming where you’ve been planted? What action steps are you planning to take to be continually blooming?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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