Have you ever heard the term that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree? I have heard this saying many times. It is used when someone thinks that a person is like their father or mother, usually in a derogatory way. Let’s take our minds to an apple tree standing on the hill barring apples. Some fall before they are ripe. Some fall and are destroyed by the fall. Some fall and spoil by the way side. Same goes for the ones that are eaten by wildlife. There are a few though that are picked just right, washed, prepared and placed at the super market in all their beauty. You see, the apple contains the seed from the tree. It is how the tree reproduces it’s kind. The apple contains the seed for the future generations. Just as the the apple we cannot help what tree we come from. We can though try to prosper and be the best example of what we are. Our children, just like the apples that fall from the tree need nourishment. Watched over so they don’t fall in life and get destroyed. We must protect them from the wild animals of life, while letting them get ripen on their own. When the storm winds blow we must lay out the fleece for them to fall into. Help pick them back up taking special interest not to bruise them. Just as the apple come from a certain breed of tree, we come from a family name. From there though we make our own destiny. We must take special care not to judge someone by their name. Just because a parent or grandparent done certain things in their life does not mean you or I will. You have your own conscience. You know right from wrong. Good from evil. Listen to what you feel. If something feels wrong then it probably is. Take time to help the youth that they may grow strong. Be your own person but remember where you come from. Every tree started from a sapling. It had to have good conditions to grow. If we do not watch over our children and try to make a good home for them then the weeds of life will smother them out. When I say a good home I don’t mean to surround them with riches. I mean surround them with love. A father and mother who would give their life for them. I father and mother that will discipline their children, but have compassion doing so. Teach them right from wrong. Good from evil. Give them condolence when things go wrong. Help them when they mess up. Don’t just criticize them for their faults. If we follow these things then our children will grow strong like the apple tree on the hill and they too will one day bare fruit. The next time a challenge comes up, things don’t go right for you or your family, remember the apple tree on the hill.
Have you ever looked up in the blue sky and saw a large bird soaring above? Often on a pretty sunny day you can look up and see these large birds soaring with the wind. Where did they come from? Where are they going? Often I see things, or can relate to natural occurring events and compare it to life in general. This is the case with these magnificent birds flying overhead. They sway to left and then to the right, going wherever the winds take them. Just the case so often with life. If you will have it we are just like the bird hovering above. The wind of life takes us this way and that way. We often get blown this way and that not ever looking down at the beautiful scenery. Take time to appreciate the day the lord has give. Be happy in it. If the wind of life blows you a little off course, remember the wind will disappear when it is time and you can get back on coarse. Enjoy the scenery, for this day will never be again. You cannot repeat. You cannot hit rewind. So what if it isn’t the way you planned. Like the bird that is off coarse, don’t fight it for you will just wear yourself out. Be happy in it and enjoy the scenery. Nighttime is coming and the birds flight will be over. No matter if he accomplished what he set out to do or not. When the sun sets it is time for him to come out of the sky. His flight is over. Just as the bird, the sunset is coming for every person walking the earth. Be prepared that your flight will end. If you live long enough the age of the body will keep you down, so enjoy the flight you are in. Go with the wind. It might take you somewhere wonderful. Help the young. Help them get established so they are prepared for their own flight. Take a step back and look at your flight. Have the winds pushed you to far one way or another. Can you still see where you are going. What about where you have been. Sometime looking back at where you have been or where you come from is just as important as where you are going. Remember how you was raised and what you have been taught over the years. Check the horizon. Is the sun beginning to set. Is your flight coming to a close. The next time you fill down or are having a bad day stop and think of the bird. Breathe, and enjoy the scenery just as the bird in flight.