What can a garden teach us about spirituality?—Singapore River


(GRACEFUL GUITAR MUSIC) HEY, IT’S RASOOL BERRY AND I’M HERE IN THE HEART
OF SINGAPORE, REFLECTING ON WHAT CAN A GARDEN TEACH
US ABOUT SPIRITUALITY? SINGAPORE IS KNOWN AS
A CITY WITHIN A GARDEN. AND THAT’S BECAUSE DECADES AGO, THEY BEGAN TO PLANT SEEDS
AND FLOWERS ALL OVER THE CITY AS A WAY TO BEAUTIFY IT. THERE’S PROBABLY NO ACTIVITY
THAT REMINDS ME MORE OF TRUE SPIRITUALITY
THAN GARDENING BECAUSE IT REQUIRES HUMILITY. I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT, GARDENING, YOU GOTTA GET DOWN IN THE GROUND ON YOUR HANDS AND KNEES,
PLANT SEEDS, REALLY GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY. FLOWERS DON’T CARE IF
YOU’RE BLUE CHECK VERIFIED ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR
IF YOU’RE A CELEBRITY. ALL THAT MATTERS IS CARING FOR THOSE THINGS THAT YOU’RE
WANTING TO SEE GROW. THIS IS PROBABLY WHY
JESUS TALKED ABOUT THIS ASPECT OF GARDENING
IN SPIRITUALITY IN JOHN CHAPTER 12, HE SAID THAT UNLESS A GRAIN
OF WHEAT FALLS TO THE GROUND AND IS BURIED IT DIES ALONE. BUT IF IT IS PLANTED
THEN IT SPROUTS UP AND MULTIPLIES ITSELF
MANY TIMES OVER. WE ARE TO DIE TO OURSELVES. IF WE LOSE OUR LIVES FOR THE SAKE OF HIS
KINGDOM, THEN WE GAIN IT. IT IS THIS INCREDIBLE
ROLE REVERSAL ABOUT HOW TO HAVE AND
EXPERIENCE TRUE LIFE THAT ACTUALLY TRANSFORMS OUR
UNDERSTANDING OF SPIRITUALITY. WHAT DOES THAT LOOK
LIKE PRACTICALLY THOUGH? WELL, HUMILITY SAYS THAT IF
SOMEONE OFFENDS ME OR UPSETS ME, I TRY TO EXTEND PATIENCE
AND SEEK RECONCILIATION AS OPPOSED TO REVENGE. IT LOOKS LIKE, WHEN SOMEONE HAS
SUCCESS GREATER THAN MYSELF, INSTEAD OF BEING ENVIOUS,
ACTUALLY CELEBRATING THE WINS THAT THEY’VE EXPERIENCED
IN THEIR LIFE. SINGAPORE IS AN
INCREDIBLE GARDEN CITY AND IT ALSO SHOWS US
THAT AS CHILDREN OF GOD, WHEN WE DECIDE TO HUMBLE
OURSELVES AND BE PLANTED THAT WE ALSO SPROUT NEW LIFE. THAT IS THE ESSENCE
OF TRUE HUMILITY. THE ESSENCE OF TRUE SPIRITUALITY AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FOR US TO DIE TO OURSELVES SO
THAT WE CAN FLOURISH AND GROW LIKE A GARDEN. (ELEGANT VIOLIN MUSIC)

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