The way upward is downward
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The Way Upward Is Downward

The way upward is downward

The way upward is downward.

Before you say “God forbid, I will never go downward” just take a moment and read through, will you? Great, thank you๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜™

Up is usually the direction everyone wants to go. It seems to be the path to success as we have defined it for ourselves (fame, fortune, glory, honour etc). But isn’t it fascinating that most of earth’s precious substances are found by digging deep down?

Do we also realize that if we want to build a tall building, the engineers have to go low and dig down to lay a foundation for the building? Isn’t that beautiful? Absolutely, it is.

The way upward is downward.

Sometimes, we are not fully hinted on the efforts successful people put in to stay afloat in success. We are pretty much not aware of their BTS (behind the scenes), so we put ourselves under some undue pressures. Is that okay? I don’t think so.

In this week’s post, I would like to give an analogy of the tree to aid your understanding on the topic of discussion.

The way upward is downward.

It’s amazing how life’s principles are drawn from God’s creatures (living and non living) all documented for our use in His Word (Scriptures).


The principle of root and fruit.

For you to grow, it means you have made a level of sacrifices. For you to be fruitful, it means you have a seed, and that seed has been buried in the ground to produce the fruit that you bear. The stronger your seeds takes root in the ground, the blossoming your fruits appear.

One of the prophecy by the prophet Isaiah to King Hezekiah, the King of Judah about how his citizens behaved, was this “… And the remnant that has survived of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward”.ย  You can read the detailed story here.

You have to take your roots downwards before you can bear fruits upwards.

The way upward is downward.


Seedtime and harvest.

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease”


It is not just enough to bear fruits, but to bear good fruits. Good fruits are byproduct of a good root. Good seeds produces good roots which translates to good fruits.

What seeds are you planting?

At every point in time, you are reaping the results of what you have sown.

The words you sowed into yourself and in the lives of people,

The actions you sowed into yourself and to other people,

The time that you invested in a relationship,

The time and money spent in reading a book, or acquiring a new skill,

The thoughts that you allowed your mind to feast on, etc are examples of seeds that you have sown and have gotten you to where you are.

If you don’t like the fruits, then maybe you should change the seeds.

Right where you are, are you sowing the kind of seeds that will make you proud of the fruits it will bring?

What your life is connected to will determine its outcome.

Firmly rooted.

“A tree with strong roots laughs at the storm” – Malay Proverbs

The beauty of a tree lies on it’s branches but it’s strength likes in it’s root.

Be like a tree:

Stay grounded,

Connected with your roots,

Turn over a new leaf,

Bend before you break,

Enjoy your unique natural beauty,

– Joanne Rapits


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