I planted an orange tree in a large fake terracotta finished citrus planter.  It’s a basic navel orange tree – nothing fancy or exotic. I just want to be able to go outside and pick an orange off the tree.  Not a grandiose goal – simply a fruit bearing orange tree in the back yard. There is probably no deeply seated reason why. I just wanted an orange tree. So, I watched how to plant it on a You Tube video. (You know you can find just about how to do everything and anything on that You Tube thing)  I did exactly what I was supposed to do– you know how much I like to follow directions and color between the lines. I’ve babied this tree.  Truthfully, this tree has been well tended too – watered, but not overwatered.  I’ve fertilized it with a top of the line citrus fertilizer. The recommended fertilizer I’ve been using has 6 parts nitrogen, 6 parts phosphorus and 6 parts potassium. Pause for a moment – perhaps this explains why my tree has not grown or produced oranges.  Would fruit ever be produced by using fertilizer that have the numbers 666?
The number 666 is called the “number of the Beast” and originates in most manuscripts of chapter 13th of the Book of Revelation. But in some cultures 666 is a lucky number, where it can mean “everything goes smoothly.” Some people even pay extra to have the number 666 included in their license plate or phone number. To answer my question: Would fruit ever be produced by using fertilizer that have the numbers 666?   I guess that depends.
As I work my way through the 21-Day Justice Challenge, I realize that my lens of interpretation and understanding is both positively and negatively impacted by my attitudes, behaviors, education, experiences and worldview. I wonder how I’m getting in the way of creating a more just community, country and creation.

Scripture Reading:  Genesis 1:26-27
“Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”  So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

Reflection Questions:
How are you participating in creating a more just community?
How do others see God in you?
How do generalizations about others impact your attitude
toward them?

Prayer: Holy God, I know that sometimes I get in the way of growing into the kind of person you intend me to be. Help me to affirm that I’m created in your image and let that be foundational in how I see and live in the world.  Amen.

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