“I am the Vine and you are the branches…”~John 15:5
I love this quote from John. It speaks to me on different levels in my life. Jesus is speaking of how He is the vine and we are the branches. Saying without him you can do nothing. Just like the branches of a vine, if the branches are removed from the vine they will wither and die.
In my everyday activities it astounds me how interconnected we are to one another. I know how I feel when I smile at a stranger, but how does the stranger feel in response to my smile? If I start my day with happiness in my heart, I know my morning runs a little smoother than if I start off crabby. It is my interconnectedness with the world around me. Everything we do in a day effects the outcome of our lives. Every smile or frown, every kindness or angry word, helps develop our world. I am not saying all of us will be written about in the history books or win the Nobel Peace Prize. What I am saying is that everything we do, say, act or believe affects the community we live in. Just as Jesus was speaking of His belief in each of us, that belief extends to our everyday living as well. Whether you believe the words written in the Holy Bible or not the message is the same for all of us. We are all connected.
Be kind to each other. Be bold in your kindness. Reach out to your niche in this world and help make it a better place for all of us, because we are all branches of one vine.
Travel well my friends.