While most of the food you eat is domesticated and harvested, there are a lot of fruits and nuts eaten from the wild. However, did you know that eating wild almonds will kill you? Wild almonds contain glycoside amygdalin, and when crushed, it’s deadly. So if you ever approach a wild almond tree, don’t eat the almonds!
Every almond you eat in a salad or dessert is a domesticated variety, carefully cultivated for proper taste (and the avoidance of death). This got me thinking that there other areas in life, when left wild, will lead to our destruction. Relationships, character, and faith all must be cultivated and developed. Otherwise, the wild takes over.
- I must intentionally cultivate my marriage. It takes work, effort and time. Healthy marriages need passion, but they also need planning.
- I must intentionally cultivate my relationship with my children. There will be nights where I don’t feel like reading and moments where I do feel like yelling…that’s the wild nature of parenting.
- I must intentionally cultivate friendships with people, refusing to let my introverted personality become an excuse for a lack of healthy relationships.
When things are left alone, they rarely get better. Like almonds, I must intentionally cultivate health, or else risk letting the wild take over.