Another lesson from the garden…
In watching everything growing in my yard now that it’s spring, I am fighting weeds trying to find time to mow the lawn and prune the different plants I want to maintain. In my frustration, while abating various items in my yard and talking with the Lord, He shared with me something that is obvious; but it hit me like a ton of bricks.
In the same garden will grow roses, cucumbers or whatever it is you purposely seed and tend to. At the same time, what you never intended, the weeds, grow. They grow fast. They grow furiously. And sometimes they will choke out that which you most-wanted to cultivate.
Yes, fertile ground is fertile ground. Our minds are the same way. If we have keen fertile minds, we must tend to them deliberately and continually. Otherwise we will yield a dangerous crop of thoughts which leads to disastrous external consequences once they are given life through our behaviors.
I used to wonder why it was so easy for so many of us in youth group, when I was growing up in church, to get so excited and re-commit ourselves to the purposes God had for us to, in the same night, go out and make some very terrible choices. Now I understand.
All that takes is just the right conditions for growth to occur. Depending on the level of intentionality supplied, one will either have a life riddled with unintended or very much intended and desired crops. So…how can I be my best, intentional self? How will you be your best, intentional self today?