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Bobby cut down this old tree and the trunk was so huge (and kind of attractive) that we just left it hoping that it would deteriorate on its own in a few months. Well, it has been about 3 years and we were needing a place to feed the birds, so I thought the top of that old trunk would be a good smooth place to put their bird seed, since the cats were giving them problems. 

I took some birdseed out to spread it around for them and the old trunk IS deteriorating to the point of no smooth places on top. The seeds would have just fallen in and the birds could not have reached them.   Another observance about the old trunk, it looks as though it were three little trees trying to grow up…and not knowing which way to turn. The old trunk will eventually tumble to the ground…because cutting the tree down sucked the life out of the trunk. 

You know, we can damage our homes the same way. No, not the building we live in…but the people we live WITH…that’s our home.  We can suck the life out of our homes by neglect. Some children grow into adult-hood not knowing which way to turn. They are said to be “having to find themselves.” 

Just like I could not see the damage on top of that old tree trunk…we may not see the damage we have done until there are no smooth places left, the kids are grown and the damage is very difficult to correct.  Sometimes trying to correct only results in more damage.  There are many homes in America today where that has surely happened…AND also why our nation is in the shape it is in. 

This old trunk looks like it might have been at least three little trees at one time…growing up and not knowing which way to turn. Some families are like that. The way to turn is toward God, the one who instituted families in the first place.

The old adage, “As goes the home so goes the nation” is certainly proven to be true in our country.  We need so badly, to wake up and  start training our young families. 

 ©Edna L. Ingram


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