In my favorite movie Steel Magnolias, Ouiser Boudreaux tells Clairee, “Have your roots done!”
If someone tells you to “have your roots done,” or worse “your roots are showing” you may immediately get on the defensive regarding your hair coloring.
There may be another way to interpret those comments. Perhaps someone telling you that your roots are showing is referring to the roots of your character. These could be positive or negative characteristics.
If you are a cynical person, you are rooted in negativity. Your cynicism will show. If you are a joyful person, you are rooted in positivity. Your optimism will show.
If you are an untruthful person, you are rooted in distrust. Your lies will show. If you are a trustworthy person, you are rooted in integrity. Your truth will show.
If you are a gossiping person, you are rooted in meanness. Your ugliness will show. If you are a humble person, you are rooted in concern. Your heart for others will show.
Deep roots of our childhood, our present circumstances, our education, or our faith make up who we are. Those roots will show eventually. Both the positive and the negative. The good news is that with Christ in our heart, we can overcome the negative roots and strengthen the positive roots.
Life with Jesus is much like a tree. It must be deeply rooted in order to continue to grow and produce fruit for the kingdom. In Jeremiah 12:2 (NIV) God promises goodness for us if we dare to grown deep roots for Him; “You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips, but far from their hearts.”
In the parable of the seed, Jesus warns of the danger of having shallow roots that are not deeply developed. “Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.” Mark 4: 5-6 (NIV).
We need to have deep spiritual roots. We need those strong roots in order to improve our churches, our marriages, our families and our communities. Deep roots take an effort to develop.
If you are willing, you can develop strong roots through prayer, Bible studies, and serving others. Share the Gospel, practice grace, work for others to know Christ.
When someone tells you that your roots are showing…be confident that they are strongly developed, deep roots in Christ that are showing.