As gardeners know, some plants need their best buddies nearby in order to flourish.
It’s been known for centuries that planting certain combinations of plants together can help the garden prosper. This practice is known as “companion planting.”
For instance, planting alliums such as garlic underneath roses can protect the latter against blackspot and aphids. When lilies and roses are planted together, the scent of each improves.
Yarrow and foxglove have a tonic effect on the plants in their vicinity. Yarrow helps fight off pests, attracts beneficial insects, and improves the soil. Likewise, foxglove stimulates the growth of nearby plants and helps them build up resistance to disease. Planting foxglove under fruit trees improves the storage qualities of the fruit.
Perhaps the ultimate companion plant is marigold. It has traditionally been grown with tomatoes to keep them healthy and produce a better crop. Marigold’s pungent odour disguises the scent of vegetables from pests, preventing them from homing in, and its root secretions kill nematodes that attack plant roots.
Who wouldn’t want such stalwart companions in their corner?
God wants us to have buddies like these on our team, too.
What’s your astrological sign? Are you a Libra or a Leo?
Do you read your horoscope daily and make life decisions based on that advice?
Astrology teaches that the time cycle in which you were born determines your personality, and to some extent the course of your life. But this might leave you with a sense of being powerless, at the mercy of impersonal forces beyond your control.
Isn’t there something better to help you navigate your way through life?
I believe there is.
How would you like a horoscope that is valid for every day of the year, no matter when you were born?
One that contained truths you could always rely on, was written by Someone who knows you and loves you, and is not determined by inanimate objects like stars or an impersonal and arbitrary time cycle?
If you’re a gardener, you might sometimes look at your plants and decide that they’re missing something.
They need more “oomph.”
That’s where fertilizer comes in.
It can supercharge your flowers and vegetable plants by providing them with nutrients, such as nitrogen, that might be lacking in the soil.
With the addition of fertilizer, your plants can grow to their full potential and become as fruitful as they were meant to be.
Similarly, our prayers sometimes need more oomph, too.
But how do we give them that? How do we go about supercharging our prayers?
Have you ever run a relay race?
If you have, you’ll know that how well your team passes the baton matters just as much as how fast you all run.
I participated in a few relay races during high school when I was on the track team, and learned that there’s a knack to it.
When passing the baton to your teammate, you have to make sure that they’re up to speed first: at a sprint. You can’t hand off the baton at a standstill or even at a jog or your team will fall behind.
Therefore, we were taught a method to use at track meets when coming up behind the next runner on our team. We would shout out the name of our particular school, then say, “Go!”
Our next runner would immediately start sprinting with one hand behind them, ready to grab the baton in the passing zone. They wouldn’t look back at us, but simply keep running and power forward once we’d put the baton in their hand.
I think some these tips can apply to how we “pass the baton” to the next generation of believers in our spiritual race.