According to Merriam-Webster the definition of Cul•ti•vate is—-“To prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops.” Also, “To foster the growth of.”
What we plant in our environment has a direct affect on how we behave and how we view life around us. You cannot expect flowers to grow if you are not giving them the proper nutrients and environment needed to help them to flourish. It is important to craft an environment that will accelerate your relationship with Christ. What are you cultivating in your environment? What are listening to? Who are the people you surround yourself with? What are your thoughts about yourself? These are all questions that we can ask ourselves to better our environment for the presence of God to commemorate in our lives. Are you fostering the growth of life in your space?
Cultivating your surroundings will change your interpretation of how you see His goodness in the world around you. Cultivating your space also means pulling up problem areas that do not serve you anymore. You have to weed out those people, places and things that are causing you to stunt your growth. Plant and replace them with the flourishing seeds that you will need to sustain your growth in your walk with God. Dead seeds planted around those that grow cannot carry life. Plant yourself around life. Plant yourself around hope.
If you want to grow better in consistency, then plant your environment with stability. If you want to grow more in your friendships, then foster your space with appreciation. You have to prepare what you are rooting down in faith. Cultivating your environment is the basis of your start in transforming your expectations from God. You are now aligning yourself with what heaven has already proclaimed about you. Fostering the budding of your relationship with God will cultivate growth in every aspect of your environment.
“Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm.” -Proverbs 13:20
“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.” -Mark 4:24
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. -Philippians 4:8-9