When your Pastor and Madea are preaching the same word, girl, you know you gotta listen.
Saturday morning one of my dear friends tagged me in this video of Madea’s relationship advice. I’ve definitely been going through lots of “leaves” lately, lots of people that I’ve come to realize real quickly were only meant for a short season. This message hit home with me. Even more incredible, on Sunday morning, my Pastor quoted this exact same thing. I know this was a true word that I really needed to hear. Not only to hear, but to receive.
“Easier said than done.”
Those are the words that come to mind when I first hear things like this. But, really, it should be that easy. When we hear it and we receive it, that’s where it should both start and stop.
START moving on. Receiving the word. Calling up your “roots” people.
STOP looking back. Sending those messages. Making those calls. Leaves and branches can serve a great purpose. They can be pretty and strong for awhile, but, when the time comes for them to blow away, you have to let them.
Let them go.
“Listen, I put everybody that comes into my life in the category of a tree. Some people, are like leaves on a tree: the wind blow, they’re over here. They’re unstable. The wind blow, they over there. The weather changes, they wither up and die they’re gone. And that’s alright. That’s some people; most people in the world are like that, they’re just there to take from the tree. That’s all they do, take from the tree and give shade now and again. That’s all they can do. But don’t get mad at people like that, that’s who they are, they’ll never be anything but a leaf. That’s what they were put on this earth to be a leaf. Some people, are like a branch on that tree. You gotta be careful with them branches too, because they’ll fool you. They’ll get there and make you think they’re a good friend and that they’re strong, but the minute you step out there on them? They’ll break and leave you high and dry. But if you find you two or three people in your life that are like the roots at the bottom of that tree? You are truly blessed cause them the kind of people that ain’t going NO WHERE. They ain’t worried about being seen, don’t nobody have to know that they know you, they ain’t got to know what they’re doing for you, but if those roots weren’t there that tree couldn’t live. You understand? A tree can have a hundred million branches, but only a few roots down at the bottom to make sure it gets everything it needs. I’m telling you honey, when you get you some roots, hold on to them. The rest of em? Just let them go. Let folks go.” -Madea/Tyler Perry
So often in this world, we get so lost in trying to fill our tree with branches and leaves that we only end up stepping on the roots. Paying no mind to the thing that holds us together. We envy the branch with ten thousand leaves. We start looking at that one branch with all the leaves that we forget to really stand back and stare at our own tree, to see that our few thick branches are far more important than those ten thousand leaves. It’s just the society we live in. But, we must start opening our eyes, stop taking count, and start paying attention. To the important things. To the unseen. To the blessings.
Life is hard sometimes. But, lucky for us, we have the strongest root of all. I think you might know Him.
Until next time..