With roots, but flexible…

via All in One Pile:

The Virtue of Flexibility

Trees look strong compared with the wild reeds in the field. But when the storm comes the trees are uprooted, whereas the wild reeds, while moved back and forth by the wind, remain rooted and are standing up again when the storm has calmed down.

Flexibility is a great virtue. When we cling to our own positions and are not willing to let our hearts be moved back and forth a little by the ideas or actions of others, we may easily be broken. Being like wild reeds does not mean being wishy-washy. It means moving a little with the winds of the time while remaining solidly anchored in the ground. A humorless, intense, opinionated rigidity about current issues might cause these issues to break our spirits and make us bitter people. Let’s be flexible while being deeply rooted.

Henri Nouwen – Daily Meditations

2 thoughts on “With roots, but flexible…

  1. jim

    Wow! I can identify with my own humorless, intense, opinionated rigidity breaking my spirit and making me a bitter person. Perhaps my problem hasn’t been that I’m not deeply rooted enough. Most Christians I know are fairly deeply rooted. When I realize/admit that I am breaking or getting bitter my response (learned response?) is to stiffen up and I assume that I must not be deeply rooted enough after all. But that just makes me stiffer and more prone to breaking and bitterness. This seems to be a very typical (learned?) response. It’s actually the opposite of what I need. Hmmm… gonna think about this. The wild weed seems like a good metaphor for Generous Orthodoxy and illustrates well why it is a good thing.

    Good Post! Thanks.

  2. Marc

    Don’t thank me, thank Chris at All in One Pile. Better yet, thank Henri Nouwen! 😉

    (I like Henri more each time I read him.)

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