Blog by Joel Pridmore

This week I visited the Eden Project in Cornwall. It is a fascinating place where my children and I had a great time adventuring through different climates created to emulate those in different parts of the world. Each zone was enclosed in a ‘biome’ and housed plants that are not usually native to these shores.

Different plants thrive in different habitats which got me thinking about what kind of ‘plants’ we want to be in our families or in our church community and what kind of climates we therefore need.

I would aim to produce a climate in my own home of love, respect, truth, encouragement and grace. Although I know I often fall short and allow other things to affect the atmosphere, I think there is great value in considering what conditions I am helping to create. If the atmosphere is toxic or unhealthy then nothing good will grow.

What could I do to introduce more of those healthy, godly elements into the ‘biome’ atmosphere of my home? And whatcan we do in our church family to encourage an atmosphere conducive to the healthy nurturing of people who are growing in their love of God and love of each other?

“… planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.They will still bear fruit in old age,they will stay fresh and green,‬” (Psalm 92:13-14).