Leaders need roots!

Posted by Brenda Yoho
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I am not what you would call a green thumb. While I do my best to keep plants alive, it takes a resilient species to survive in our home. The landscaping outside faces not only the unpredictable elements but also the constant presence of wildlife. Sadly, my poor snowball bush has fallen victim to this daily struggle, with every leaf chewed off, leading me to suspect the mischievous deer as the culprits.

As I embarked on my morning routine, I began with my daily devotions. Today's reading revolved around the idea of having three different kinds of people in one's life and how these relationships impact us. It made me reflect on the plight of my snowball bush and the other plants I had just watered.

Our life's journey offers us the chance to encounter a diverse array of individuals, each with their unique experiences and perspectives. These encounters enrich our lives and provide us with a wealth of knowledge and insights that we can use to better serve others. Just like the variety of people we meet, the experiences we gather along the way contribute to our personal growth and understanding.

Much like my attempts to care for plants, tending to these relationships requires effort and attention. Just as I water and nourish my plants, I must invest time and energy into cultivating meaningful connections with the people around me. By doing so, I not only contribute to their well-being but also foster a supportive and nurturing environment where we can all thrive.

Though my gardening skills may be lacking, the lessons I learn from my humble snowball bush and my morning devotions remind me of the profound impact that different individuals can have on our lives. Each person we encounter has the potential to shape our understanding, broaden our horizons, and enhance our ability to make a positive difference in the world.

So, as I continue my journey, I strive to embrace the diversity of people I encounter and cherish the knowledge and experiences they bring. Together, we can create a tapestry of wisdom, compassion, and understanding that enables us to serve others with greater empathy and effectiveness. And just maybe, with a little luck and determination, I might even manage to grow a plant or two that can withstand the challenges of both nature and wildlife. (Plus me!)

Each day I read daily devotions and today I read about the following. I adapted the piece to help us focus on identifying who we are, who are those around us and are we growing roots?


In life, we come across a myriad of individuals who impact us in various ways. Some leave lasting impressions, while others come and go like passing seasons. Understanding the different types of people we encounter can help us navigate relationships and cultivate meaningful connections. Here are the three types of people you may encounter in your life:

  1. Leaf People:

Leaf people are like the autumn leaves that flutter in the wind. They come into your life for a short period, often attracted by personal gain or convenience. These individuals are not dependable or reliable. They may show affection or support when things are going well, but as soon as challenges arise, they vanish. Leaf people are transient and lack the strength to weather the storms of life alongside you. It is important to be cautious of these individuals and not rely on them when you truly need support. My students would call these individuals “fake.”

  1. Branch People:

Branch people, unlike leaf people, have a stronger presence and can provide support during certain seasons. They may stand by your side when life is relatively smooth. However, when faced with adversity or when the weight becomes too heavy, they may break away. These individuals have limitations and cannot withstand the pressures of challenging times. While their support can be appreciated during favorable circumstances, it's important to recognize that they may not be there for you when you need them the most. “Good time friends.”

  1. Root People:

Root people are the ones who anchor themselves in your life and provide unwavering support. They are the foundation of your relationships and offer genuine care and love. These individuals are not motivated by personal gain or fleeting circumstances. Root people are steadfast, regardless of the season or your position in life. They are the ones who stick with you through thick and thin, watering your growth even during the toughest times. Root people are true gems, and their unwavering support and love are invaluable. “Behind the scenes, sometimes the deeds they do are never known, doing all they can even when not asked or when it is too much.”

It's essential to understand that not everyone you encounter will be a root person. People come and go for various reasons, and that's a natural part of life. However, recognizing the different types of people can help you manage your expectations and invest your time and energy into those who truly matter.

Nurturing relationships with root people is vital. Their presence enriches our lives, providing a strong support system that withstands the tests of time. Cherish and cultivate these connections, for they are the ones who will be there for you no matter the season.

Remember, it's not the quantity of relationships that matters, but the quality of the connections you cultivate. Surround yourself with root people, and together you can weather any storm that life throws your way.

  • Identify the kind of person you are
  • Identify those around you
  • What are you doing to grow others?
  • How are you strengthening your roots?

It is so important to surround yourself with roots. Also make sure you are growing individuals. Be the model of what you want to see.




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