January 24

The Ohi’a Lehua

January 24, 2012

Personal Growth

On the island of Hawaii the volcano Kilauea is constantly spewing lava, which flows down to the sea and adds an average of thirty-two acres of new land per year to the island. New volcanic rock is not hospitable to the growth of plant life, so in many places on the island—where the flows were recent—there are no plants at all for years.

In some places, however, seeds of the Ohi'a Lehua establish roots where it would seem that life would be unsustainable, and these plants can grow as high as one hundred feet (33 m). The tree produces a brilliant display of flowers ranging from fiery red to yellow, and birds and other animals make homes in the branches, creating an island of life in otherwise barren surroundings.

As you find and share Real Love, you become an island of life in a world that often appears devoid of genuine life. It can be a great responsibility, but the rewards are similarly rich.

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