Watering Trees


I’ve been enjoying Rob Bell’s podcast.

No, I don’t agree with everything he says. But I do appreciate the way he makes big ideas accessible to everyone.

In Episode 3 he talks about how we can find meaning and significance in the mundane. It inspired me to ask myself “How is this more than that?” while going through my daily routine.

For example…

This past summer I planted a bunch of trees along our property, knowing that I’d need to water them from time to time until they were fully established. I find yard work incredibly tedious, and watering all 45 takes over an hour, so I had plenty of time to reflect on the significance:

  1. There’s the stewardship factor. I’m taking care of something in my domain.
  2. There’s the beautification factor. I’m literally making my neighborhood a better place.
  3. It’s a great opportunity to connect with my son, letting him run up and down the sidewalk as I spray him with the hose.
  4. Watering is a metaphor for life. We all have relationships and responsibilities that need our time, attention, and effort to grow.

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it: Pick a task you find tedious and see if you can find some meaning in it. You might be surprised.

2 thoughts on “Watering Trees”

  1. I hadn’t really thought about it before but SO many people in the surrounding neighborhood have complimented the trees or said how nice it looks… I think it has been meaningful to other people to walk past something beautiful every day (I know I like to walk past houses in a nice neighborhood and enjoy the beauty of their facade or landscaping, etc.). It’s been a way to serve others, unintentionally, and maybe encourage them, too.

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