A few days later Slats was walking down the street and saw a beautiful tree in the couple's apartment. It was thick and well rounded. He knocked on their door and they told him how they worked the two trees close together where the branches were thin. Then they tied the trunks together. The branches overlapped and formed a tree so thick you couldn't see the wire. Slats described it as "a tiny forest of its own."
"So that's the secret," Slats asserts. "You take two trees that aren't perfect, that have flaws. They might even be homely, ones that maybe nobody else would want. If you put them together just right, you can come up with something really beautiful."*
That the way God works in the church too; He takes imperfect people – perfectly places His gifts in their lives, and watches over the development to bring about His perfect result.
SOURCE: Mike Royko, One More Time (University of Chicago Press, 1999), pp. 85-87; on PreachingToday.com
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