Quite some time ago I shared the experience of getting talked into buying a fish aquarium by my 3 persuasive children. I have to admit, now I'm hooked like a great big kid too! I love to watch the water pour in from the filter and listen to the peaceful sound. I love watching the little fish swim up, down, all around. Its funny to watch them follow your hand around the front of the glass just waiting for a treat to fall from the heavens into the waters below.
We have had some new excitement on the home front.... we have fry's! Not the kind that come with a happy meal, but the kind that come when boy fishes and girl fishes swim together in perfect union :-o We have 4 fish called Platys, and they give birth to live fish called fry. So now I have spent even more money buying a little floating "tank-in-a-tank" to keep the fry from becoming a "happy meal". I couldn't resist!
This shouldn't be a surprise to us at all. You put boy fish and girl fish together in the proper environment, and BAM........ you have little fishes! You and I can say the same about environments in our life. If you fill your life with God's word and Godly influences......... you will become a mature follower of Christ! If you spend quality time with your spouse and love in word and deed...... you will become a mature and fulfilled spouse! If you watch every tv show and sitcom that comes down the pipe........ you will become a lazy, worldly minded couch potato. It's simple, yet so few put the principle into practice.
Richard Blachaby says that you are as much like Jesus as you want to be. The only thing keeping you from becoming more like Jesus is you. You have to want it. You have to strive and pray and repent and press in each day. Its all about environments. Which environment are you choosing to live in today? Choose the right path, the right environments, and you will become a mature disciple of Christ!
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14