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Lessons From the Sucker Tree

Lessons From the Sucker Tree

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Published by: Jay Badry on Jul 01, 2010
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Title: Lessons from the Sucker TreeWriter: Jay W. BadryWord Count: 362A number of years ago, I was visiting at my In-Laws home in Oklahoma. MyFather-in-law, Clark always takes pride in his home and his yard is the envy of all hisneighbors. He had planted some fruit trees and they were doing quite well…at least,most of them. He had two mature apricot trees that were rather fruitful, but severalsmaller apricot trees bore no fruit.I was standing there with Clark and
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Father-in-law inspecting the trees. Clark was lamenting the lack of fruit on the smaller trees and wondering what he could do toimprove his yield. All the sudden, a smile came to Grandpa Charlie’s face. “You knowwhat you have there, Clark,” he said. “Those are sucker trees.”I must admit that growing up in the Dallas Metroplex had not provided much of an education in horticulture. In other words, I had no idea what a “sucker tree” was.Wisely, but not necessarily in character, I kept my mouth shut. Grandpa Charlie proceeded to explain, “Those smaller trees spring up from the root system of the other trees. Since they have no root system of their own, they are sterile and, thereforefruitless. Furthermore, they take the nutrients from the mature trees and keep them from being as fruitful as they could be. I suggest you dig them up and get rid of them.”Some time later, I began to think about what my wife’s Grandpa had said. Iwondered how many people are just like those sucker trees; they have no root system of their own, but simply sap the energy of others. If we believe the Bible, we know that we

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