The things created:
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…The first thing I would like to do is tell you what nurture isn’t. I took this part of this verse from Romans to highlight what the opposite of nurture is. The opposite of nurture is nature, or the natural things. There are not many natural things in life, which I think is key to understanding why nurture is the way it is, it also gives us the opportunity to evaluate what nurture is.
When I sat down at my desk and began thinking about typing something for you guys and girls, the Spirit led me to start thinking about what nurture actually is…
Nurture is change, by this I mean the ability to change an outcome or situation by choice. An example that comes to mind is one who attempts changing one’s gender. The reasons behind it are far and few, however the change is going from something which is natural – meaning not able to change, to something nurtural. I just made a new word which defines exactly what I’m saying. Nurture is change! When God created man and woman, he created them specifically, by this I mean he gave features to the man, features to the woman and on top of this, he gave them both commandments. Throughout time, we have seen What was natural to God, be turned to nurture by man. Now really there is no real differentiation between men and women, they all do the same stuff without restraint. Nurture is change.
Nurture is life, by this I mean nurture is the life we choose to live. Deciding to do this when you were five years old, to do that when you were eleven, nurture is not seeing eleven years old because your life was taken by another.
Unlike nature, nurture consists of many different components. Like so many things today, people use them mainly for the wrong reason, there are some though which use nurtural things for the right reason. For example, this blog chain we write every month, its something nurtural we do with intentions of forming a network and many other positive reasons.
Nurture is chance, by this I mean the chance to do good as well as evil. Where some choose evil, we have the chance to choose good.
Be nurtural for good.
Interesting thoughts, Israel. I can see what you’re getting at here; the Bible says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. What we nurture, we become, whether good or evil. That’s why it’s so important to nurture our relationship with God, to feed it and protect it so it can grow strong. That’s also why it’s important to nurture (tend to and protect) positive relationships with people, so we can strengthen each other.
Thats exactly right. The Bible says in Hebrews that we should exalt each other and encourage each other while it is called today.
A fascinating look at the negative side of nuturing. Like anything, I suppose it can be good or bad. We as human beings tendto view it as a only a positive…motherly love, fatherly protectiomn, etc. Using your formula it takes on a whole another aspect. Peace and Blessings
I didn’t really look at the negative side of nurture, I just highlighted that there is loads of things you can change opposed to not change.
I love the term nurtural. To me it intones a sense of choice.
Some interesting thoughts here about Nurture. Thanks for sharing.
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