I would not claim to be a fearful person. I have no fear of trouble or threat or danger or uncertainty. I try not to at least. Why? Because God is a God that cancels out fear. He expels it. There is no reason to fear, because He is with me. However there is one thing that causes a need for a cautious and careful fear.
Shallow living is one thing to fear, not in a terrorizing way, but in a conscious alertness. Shallow living lacks substance. It lacks purpose. It lacks vision. As you may have read in the book of Proverbs, "Where there is no vision people perish." People may not perish in the physical sense, but they do perish in a spiritual sense when empty of vision. When something stops growing it may stay the same size and maturity, but when the development stops progressing it is actually digressing. When you stop growing spiritually you are actually dying. Like age, it may take time, but nevertheless you are in fact wasting away.
I will not say I am much of a gardener, but I do know a thing or two about the subject. Most plants you purchase will come with instructions on how to obtain the best results with the plant. It tells you how much sun, how much water, and how much soil the plant needs. Some plants do better in full light, some do better with only a few hours of sunlight. Some need consistent watering, others need large amounts once a day. Now if you find that your plant can be planted in shallow soil, you can be sure the plant is not going to get very big. It may be a smaller flower or supplemental plant. If you were to try and plant a hedge in shallow soil you will not get very good results. If you were to try to plant a tree in shallow soil, you definitely will not get the results you want. Why? Because to have large plants they need deep roots. They need room to grow. They need depth.
You can translate this information to people. If people are planting themselves in shallow living they ought not expect great growth and maturity. To grow, develop, and flourish depth is needed. I encourage you, and challenge you, do not be satisfied with comfortable, shallow living. Go deep. Deep living is challenging, it requires going deep in the dark, unknown places, but it produces amazing discoveries. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the ocean overs 71% of the Earth's surface and contains 97% of the planet's water, yet more than 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored. We don't even have a good idea of what lies in the deep.
Go deep and discover the great mysteries
lurking in the unknown depths of your soul.