J.R.R. Tolkien: Deep Roots

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Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New York: Random House, 2012) 193.

The Tolkien movie releases this weekend. It is fitting that our dear daughter, Sophie Victoria, would graduate from San Diego Christian College at the same time. This quote is a favorite of hers. She’s a huge Tolkien fan!

Things of true value don’t necessarily glitter. Wanderers may in reality be seekers looking high and low for that which is good. People with true strength don’t wither but get stronger with years, and the secret to weathering challenging times is having deep roots.

The Apostle Paul told the Colossians where to put those deep roots: Jesus Christ. Those who do find strength in the truth and overflow with thankfulness.

What does it have to do with generosity? 

Unless we have the right perspective, we won’t handle gold rightly. We will wander aimlessly. We will grow weaker with years, and we will not have deep roots. We find that perspective only in Jesus Christ. He’s the only Source of abundant overflow and generosity.

Congratulations Sophie! For all readers who live anywhere near Littleton, Colorado, please reply if you want our townhouse address to attend her open house graduation party from 1-4pm on 18 May 2019. We’ve love to have you join us.