They’re passionate people aren’t they? I mean, how many people do you know who love something so much they would be willing to chain themselves to it. I really like my Keurig, but not enough to risk my life for it. I can pretty much guarantee, if someone comes after my Keurig with bulldozer I won’t be using my body as a shield.

But for some reason, there are people who really love trees and are willing to risk their life to save one. I don’t want to belittle someone’s passion for trees, but these people must not have spent much time in rural America or the Northwest. From what my eyes can see, we’re not at risk of cutting down the last tree. I don’t expect to be talking to the Lorax any time soon.

They’re passionate, albeit misguided. But what about us? We may not be wanting to protect something with our lives, but we’re passionate about things. Some of which don’t really rank high on the “this matters” scale. Being passionate about your kids – 10 out of 10. Being passionate about cloth diapers 2 out of 10.

Could it be that we are just as misguided? The things we have decided that matter, in actuality, don’t matter that much. And the things that matter the most, we have relegated to the remnants of our attention.

Proverbs 3:16-18

16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

This is one tree we should hug. Seriously. If wisdom is a tree, we should hug it. Wisdom is something we should be so passionate about, we’re willing to do what only a few will do. We should be willing to pursue wisdom with such passion people will wonder why.

Wisdom is the key to a long life, to riches and honor. When we walk in the way of wisdom our paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

We should all be Tree Huggers.