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Gardens of Thought

Updated on July 19, 2011
Our Garden
Our Garden
1Th 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1Th 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Sharing thougts is important
Sharing thougts is important

Have you ever been frustrated with the thought: “Why can’t “they” understand what I am saying? If only “they” would think like I do! It would all be okay.” Have you ever stopped to think of the implications of that kind of scenario? I did, and when I thought this through I was startled with what I discovered.

When everyone has the same thought or opinion, where is the challenge? Where is the growth! A person stops developing. A discussion develops only when everyone does not have the same opinion. However, to bring thoughts together for mutual growth is the challenge. The ideal scenario would be that that each person with their differing opinions and thoughts is there for the mutual learning, sharing, and growth of the other and themselves.

This has been slow to develop in this culture. People are not encouraged to have different thoughts. For example in public school system children are fed the information they are to learn. Later students are required to reflect back exactly what the teacher/professor has presented them to get a passing mark to the next level. There is rarely encouragement for the student to discuss the various thoughts that arise out of the presented concept. This way of learning and conversing moves into our society and personal discussions with others. The whole idea of open discussion threatens the intellectual and emotional security of conversants. The sharing of ones idea’s versus telling the other person – “this is how it is going to be, this is my brand of truth and it is the only truth” – forced upon the listeners mind. For an impressionable child there is no defense against this.

There is only one

who has a right to the “only truth.” His is the “only truth” and His name is Jesus. Yet even He laid His thoughts on the table and invited listeners to share in the discovery of what they may hold for them. This is choice. The eyes open– the specific truth, tasted, relished, and seen– and open heartedly received. The way of truth is to have a thought, a concept brought into the light, looked at, discussed and then the choice can be made whether to receive the thought. It cannot be forced.

Not one of us, no one, absolutely no one has the full handle of truth. Therefore, in any circle of shared thoughts there must be humility. There must be a deep humbleness of heart and mind in both the giving and the receiving of thought.

In humility we all must be ready to let others observe and experience our gardens of thought. We must be willing to share the seed when invited too and receive seed when offered.

Some thoughts explode on the soul like sunshine coming over the horizon but others are like the dawn on a cloudy day – gradual but with increased light as time progresses. Each has their value.

When a person is offering thoughts to others there must be a consideration of the heart of the receiver. When offering seed to be planted, nourished, and grown to maturity, the giver must realize the message this action brings to the receiver, “I trust you have it in you to plant and grow this thought, to share of its fruit.” Thoughts not shared are like seeds not sown. Stored and saved but of no value to any. The question we are being invited to examined is, “Are you willing to receive the seed others produce to enhance the garden of your mind?

Garden seeds
Garden seeds

With the offering comes a responsibility.

Many persons have offerings for your garden of thoughts. Care must be taken that you know what the particular seed will produce. Observe the giver’s garden before you accept. Can you recognize the plant? Once a thought is planted it is hard to gather up all the resulting seed and roots to remove it. Be careful what the seed of the thought may produce. Some seed is better gotten rid of if they end up weeds and infect the garden.

Sometimes we are able to give a fully developed plant though it may be delicate and difficult to transplant. Many things can go wrong and the plant may not root properly. This gesture, of trying to transplant a fully developed thought/plant, may tell the receiver that you may not trust them. That somehow they are less capable than you are; that they are unable to grow the seed to a complete plant themselves.

Sad Weedy Garden
Sad Weedy Garden

Be careful how you share.

Arrogant sharing does not instill confidence in growth. There is a danger that the receiver will become dependent upon you to keep and cultivate their garden. They may eventually relinquish ownership therefore hindering all. You may not be able to keep up with your garden and theirs causing both to fall into disrepair.

Go, help and share in the joy of each other’s garden, as long as the ownership stays in the right hands.

When invited to another’s garden,

be respectful of the paths laid. Consider well where you trod with your foot so as not to trample on their carefully cultivated plants. Even if you do not see or perhaps recognize the flower’s worth or value. You will not be invited back; the gates will become closed to you. You will miss in the sharing of its treasures.

Be careful whom you let into your garden

but also who you lock out. In humility consider all but in wisdom observe the fruits of their garden. Do not force your gift of thought onto someone else. It fails then to be a gift and speaks of arrogance and self-inflation. Be careful, be gentle, be invited and mostly be humble.

Fear may keep you from accepting when invited into another’s garden of thoughts, or when considering inviting someone into your own. Be courageous but wise. Invitations may stop if the offer is regularly turned down, or your own gate consistently closed.

Locking the gate does not keep the garden safe or the weeds out. Regularly tend your garden. Constant loving, nurturing care makes for a beautiful inviting garden. Cultivate your plants, work the soil, eliminate weeds, nourish the roots, care for the paths and all who may come there may enjoy a time of blessing, and possible rest leaving with a treasure of their own. It may be that they will leave you a treasure, a gift of thought to add to your own garden if thoughts.

Our Garden
Our Garden


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      Betty Bolden 6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      just amazing sis

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      DeBorrah K. Ogans

      I must say I am so sorry for taking so long to respond...we have been on the road...and thank you for your comments and thoughts...Yes! I have come to realize with greater and greater depth that the more I know...the more I know that I don't know! Bless you for taking the time to read and respond...I do so appreciate the dialogue. Love and may God's mercy and grace keep you in His hands.

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A very blessed and insightful hub UG.

      You pointed out the truth that is a hard truth for many to accept and that is no one has a monopoly on truth. God is too vast and our minds to limited for any of us to engage in the arrogance of assuming we know "TRUTH" in its totality and power.

      Thank you for the hub and its glorious message!

      Forever His

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      Saint Lawrence 6 years ago from Canada

      UG, blessings. You have soiled me with your green thumb of love and brilliance of heart. I am pricked by the thorns of love from the garden of your mind and bathed in the lush rain of true humility. Thank you. St.L

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      UlrikeGrace, Great thought provoking hub! As you well stated:"Not one of us, no one, absolutely no one has the full handle of truth. Therefore, in any circle of shared thoughts there must be humility. There must be a deep humbleness of heart and mind in both the giving and the receiving of thought." Amen! We are forever becoming on this side of heaven. The more we learn the more we need to know...

      I agree with heart4theword this is "creative!"

      Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      Creative, the way you put this together. Liked the pictures too:)

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      UlrikeGrace: The time is coming that we will all be of one mind, focused upon Jesus and God. I pray for this day to come sooner than later.

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      Thorine, its great to see you here, and thank you so much for your comment. You got it! Yes, our minds are like a garden that needs constant care both in nourishment and in weeding and pruning. What would I want to see grow in this graden of mine, weeds and thorns or roses and sweet peas? The choice really is ours. Thanks for sharing your flowers of heavenly beauty and scent! Bless you and much love to you!

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you have been and are very encouraging. Yes, I agree. The only way we can discern the value of any thought, be it ours or someone elses, is through the true line of the Scriptures given to us by God through the Holy Spirit! It's where we have our guarentee of truth and not someone's opinion of it. Thank you for taking the time to read and share. We all appreciate it and I value your insights and shared "seeds." And it's great to be back!

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      Thorine 6 years ago

      Oh Ulrike that is wonderful... I like the picture of thoughts being flowers - how we need to pay attention to them - enjoy the beauty of a beautiful thought like we would a beautiful flower, and clean up those thorny thoughts through the truth of God's word. It gives me a picture to think on when I am about to speak - what kind of plant am I about to release...hmmm? I love that - thanks. Love you too.

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      rls4immanuel 6 years ago

      This is a very good message Ulrike Grace and so very true. I struggle with insecurity as to what thoughts from others I should be embracing and internalising. You are so right, the wrong thoughts, though a flower to someone else can be a deadly weed in my garden. Praise God that in Jesus we have the source of absolute truth that we can rely on to discern and judge by. We are not alone and orphaned. He will never leave us or forsake us and every thought of God is a flower in everyone's garden of our minds, without exception. Thanks again and welcome back!

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      UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Inge, and Thanks for taking the time and the effort to not only read but to share your thought with all of us. It would be great if we could see our thoughts as radiantly colored flowers or peircing thgorns that are painful...I wonder how much more deliberate care would be taken before opening up our mouths...hmmmmm.. blessings to you my dear...Love you

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      Inge 6 years ago

      What a great lesson and oh so true!!! As always, Ullrike, you bring such insight into subjects ~ let's hope that whoever reads it will have yet another beautiful plant growing in their garden. Love you so much my dear cousin.