I had an unidentified bush at the edge of my deck.
It looks like a large rose bush, but since it was not yet time for new growth, I didn't know what type of rose it was. So, I turned to an app on my phone to identify plants.
According to the app, my rose bush was not actually a rose bush, but just a large shrub that was full of small leaves and thorns. How odd. I'd never heard of it.
I was disappointed and wondered why anyone would have planted a bush like that on purpose, in a bed bordering a deck.
But a few days ago, I noticed something.
Buds on the bush. It was roses, after all. The app was wrong, obviously.
Sometimes I wonder about the purpose of lots of things, especially me.
I don't doubt God loves me or made me for a purpose. I know Scripture tells me I was created to love, praise and point others to Him, and to do the good works prepared before time for me to do.
It's those good works I wonder about.
Am I doing them? Are they getting done or tragically ignored?
I just have to approach each day and each encounter with the attitude that I will represent Christ well. Do what I can. Whatever my hand finds to do, do it with all my might for His glory.
That rose bush knew what it was, even if I did not. And it will produce roses according to its design and purpose.
I may not produce roses, but I am supposed to produce good fruit.
So today I will focus on that.
Brett Campbell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.