Can you guess where the olive tree first appears in the Bible? In the story of the flood, Noah sees that life has begun anew when the dove returns with an olive branch in its mouth (Genesis 8:11, 21). One lesson from the olive is that just as an olive only yields fine oil when pressed, so too, when we are pressed between the millstones of life, our best selves emerge. It is often only when forced that we rise to the occasion to meet life’s challenges.

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