Spring is a time for growth. There is growth all around – whether that be flowers blooming, leaves coming out on the trees, or gardens growing.

 

There are a lot of people I know who are taking on the challenge of growing a garden. Each of these people have taken time and care to plan out their gardens and anticipate the growth ahead.

 

There is a lot of work involved in growing a garden. It takes a lot of time and care to prepare the garden, to plant, and then to maintain the garden by weeding it and watering it in order for the garden to be healthy and strong.

 

Sometimes with gardening, we can see the growth happen – we can see flowers bloom or tomato plants grow juicy, red tomatoes on the branches. But, other times, we don’t really get to see what’s being produced – we can’t see a carrot grow under the soil or an onion mature in the ground.

 

It’s the same with our families. To have a healthy and strong family, we need to put a lot of effort, time, and care into our relationships. We have to make sure that we treat family members respectfully, that we treat other people who enter our houses with respect, and that we treat our possessions and others’ possessions with care.

 

Sometimes we can see the improvement in other people, but sometimes, we won’t know the impact we can have on someone and how they’re growing.

 

How are you helping people grow?

 

There are many people in our cities who need hope – a chance to grow and become the person they were created to be. This could be the person you see sleeping on a park bench. This could be the mom or dad of a classmate in your child’s school. This could be your neighbour who you pass on the way to your front door.

 

Who is someone that you see who needs hope?

 

As summer approaches and your children are heading out of school, spend some time to help your family grow.

 

Help them grow in the way they interact with themselves, but also how they interact with other people.

 

This summer, who is one person you can share hope with and help grow?