I do not often use motivational sayings that aren't scripture, but I recently heard one I have to share.  You may have heard it before but it was new to me.  “Bloom where you are planted” was the line.  The impact of that saying should be obvious; it simply means that regardless of where you are in life, you can do what you do best and “bloom” or shine.  It may sound pretty cheesy to you but I think it’s great.  

It reminds me of a passage: 1 Corinthians 7:17-24, “But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches.  Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised.  Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord's freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ's slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.”

This passage essentially teaches the same thing as the aforementioned quip.  There are some things that we can control, namely our actions.  There are also some things that we cannot control.  In the 1 Corinthians passage it dealt with what kind of family you had (Jew or Gentile) and what kind of status you held (slave or free).  Paul is teaching through inspiration that those outward things do not matter.  What truly matters is that you are serving Christ (blooming) in whatever state you are (where you are planted). 

Let us forget the things that we cannot control, and do just what we’ve talked about: bloom where you’re planted!

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