Let me ask you a question:
(PS: I’m NOT a gardener, and I promise I will be getting somewhere with my question.)
Do you have weeds in your gardenthat you need to tend to?
Similarly, do you have weeds in your lifeyou need to tend to?
Real weeds are a continual battle. A battle, in which a container of “roundup” …
1) will only start the process,
2) will not get rid of them all.
When using a “tool” such as roundup, we don’t just spray and have a beautiful garden or lawn. At first, we may get rid of the weeds easily. Spray and BAM they are all dead… right?
But then the weeds die and look worse than when they were green – now you have a heap of dead muck spattered throughout the lawn. Now, the muck needs to be removed, which is a process in itself. You’d better change your clothes because you’re bound to get dirty trying to clean up your new mess.
Now, you may eventually get the beautiful grass you worked so hard for, but is beautiful green grass enough? Or do you want your garden full of colors: red, orange, yellow, pink, blue, purple… how about different types of flowers… Gerbera Daisies, Hydrangeas, Dahlias, Calla Lilies, Garden Roses, Peonies?
To have a garden that looks as beautiful as the ones on HGTV, we have to do the work! Either paying a landscaper or by getting dirty ourselves.
It’s okay to pay and seek help, or to use Roundup but none of these will be a one and done to get our gardens where we want them to be.
Back to my question, do you have weeds in your life that you need to tend to?
Life, like a garden, is a continual process. For every “season” we must look through our lives and pull “weeds”, that is, the things we see/do that we don’t want popping up anymore. We do this in order to restore our “garden,” to beauty. We can’t forget to look around all the rocks for those pesky hidden weeds that look small. But once you turn the rock over, you see how deep its roots actually go.
You may have weeds popping up that you don’t want others to see – such as your friends, neighbors… (eeeeek) or even your children to see!
Do you see where I am going with this? Weeds – the yuck and muck of our lives that pop up all around us. They are an unending battle, if it is not one thing then it is another.
So, I ask again, what weeds are growing in your life garden?
What weeds have you yielded to by justifying: “Oh well, they don’t bother me that much,” or succumbed to, “They are just too overwhelming, I don’t know where to even start?”
Three quotes come to mind:
“A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.”– Lao Tzu
“The steps you take don’t need to be big, they just need to take you in the right direction.”– Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
(When I think of adding this quote in I just laugh to myself… quoting a science fiction show, but I think it’s a good one!)
“Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we will be sinless, but the closer we walk with Jesus we should sin, less.”– Pastor Todd, Mount Ararat
The Bible says in Mark 7:21-23 (NKJV),
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
The bible also says in Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV),
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory…”
If God IS ABLE to do exceedingly above what we ask or think… then what is stopping our “soil” in our garden from growing and being abundant?
I’m sure you’ve guessed it, our weeds.
Our weeds of bitterness, forgiveness, resentment, ______ … these weeds can choke out the ability for our soil to good.
We must not look at our “enemies” have done and blame them, but we must look at our “inner me” and see what weeds WE need to take a shovel to, to dig out the roots. (Thanks to Alex Klott @ C3 for the thought behind this quote).
This scripture also come to mind,
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV
By having a relationship with God, we can put our faith and confidence in God. Our confidence here like I said is not in ourselves, but in Him. As we call out to Him, He will allow grace to “rain” down on us.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) says,
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Even when we do not know and see the end result, we can trust in God to help us get there, because our confidence is not in ourselves, but in Him.
So, GO – start picking away at a weed or two… the process must begin somewhere!