"Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me." ~ John 15:4
One thing that I have learned in the course of my life is that there is a difference between being successful and being fruitful.
Success seems to be centered on control and respect. It's creating something and steering it, until it becomes something.
Success can bring about many things, including notoriety and fame.
Fruitfulness, however, comes from a different place.
The vulnerability is like community that is born out of a shared brokenness. Intimacy is fruitfulness that is born out of reaching out and touching one another's wounds.
Being successful is great in the eyes of the world, but what brings us true joy is not successfulness but fruitfulness.
Stay in God's grip! (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.