Lately I have been trying my hand at gardening. Well when I say gardening I mean herbs and flowers in pretty little pots.
I love herbs and much to the majority’s disgust, I especially love coriander but can never seem to keep it alive!
After numerous attempts I gave up on my coriander, pulled it out and planted a flower in its place.
It’s been a few weeks now and my flower is going strong, but this morning a noticed a very healthy looking shoot of coriander sprouting next to my flower. It got me thinking...
There are numerous plants that are recommended to be “neighboured” with other plants to help them grow stronger and healthier.
Plants seem to thrive better when they are along side others and if you do a little research, you will see that the recommended neighbours are rather unlikely pairs.
We as people are the same.
We need others along side us to help us grow. To help us become healthier and stronger people. God did not intend for us to ever stand alone.
God designed community and relationship. Often He places us along side an “unlikely neighbour.”
We’ve all heard that opposites attract. I think there is so much truth to that.
We need people who are different to us.
Think a little differently to us, have a different personality, different gifts.
This is how we grow, are challenged, inspired and sharpen one another.
We aren’t called to be the same, we are called to be united.
Proverbs 27:17 says - “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
We literally can make each other more beautiful! We can make each other shine!
So determine to neighbour with others and don’t “remove” someone before they have a chance to shine, perhaps all they need is the right neighbour and a little time.
Build each other up, encourage one another. It’s what we are designed to do.
So I’m leaving the coriander in the pot with the flower. Even though they don’t seem to naturally go together, they are definitely making each other stronger.