Arriving home one day, I noticed a neighbor was cutting down their avocado tree. From the looks of it, it was at least twenty years old. Surprised, I stopped to ask the arborist for a reason.
“Well, unfortunately, this tree suffered from a canker which has rotted it from the inside out. It’s become prevalent in this area, and the only solution is to cut it down.” He also mentioned that the tree could infect nearby trees.
Upon hearing this, I was saddened that this diseased tree would no longer bear good fruit. But I was also relieved because, as an avocado tree owner myself, it meant my tree could avoid this deadly infection.
My neighbor’s tree reminds me of how this represents our belief system. Perhaps years ago, the disease of discourse or falsehood infected your life and is now rotting you. If this is the case, you are not bearing fruit but instead spreading the disease.
Today take the time to evaluate the health of your life by the fruit you’re bearing. If your life is unhealthy, determine whether there is an opportunity to treat the disease. If none, consider cutting out the disease before it ravages your life.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com