It brought to mind something I have thought about over the years that I believe is very important. We all ought to be scattering roses. There is so much negativity in our world. The media does nothing but talk of murder and strife among our people. And the world is so competitive that we have become selfish and self-centered and demanding. I believe these trends lead to too many thorns and not enough roses along the way.
A few years back I remember an elder in a local congregation who took a section of the church bulletin to include a column entitled, "Scattering the Roses." Every week he would pick a person or family in the congregation and write wonderful things about them and lift them up. Imagine the impact upon a church family where roses were scattered like that on a regular basis. People would feel appreciated. The church would get used to hearing positive things about its members. Those who scattered roses would have the joy of edifying individuals and in turn the whole body of Christ.
"Father in heaven, thank you for loving me the way you do. Thank you for the church. Thank you for surrounding me with so many wonderful people. Help me, Father, to be determined to scatter roses and not thorns along the pathways of my life. Help me to scatter roses and not thorns upon the paths of others. Thank you for Jesus, who was willing to bear the thorns when he deserved roses. I praise your name for all of your wonderful works. I praise your name for roses. Amen."
My little girl is right on target. We should all be excited to be "petal people."
"The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come..." ~ Song of Songs 2:12