March 19, 2011 Weeding Out
I have spent the last two days pulling, chopping, and sometimes even yanking those terrible weeds. The kids were interested in helping for about a minute. Then they had better things to do. All that pulling and tugging got me thinking about the weeds in life and I came up with some wonderful analogies. Please keep in mind that weeds are equal to sin. That is, in life there are areas in our lives that we struggle with in our relationship with God. In Christ we are freed from the bondage of sin, but that does not mean that we are free from the influence of sin.
- Not all weeds are created equally. Some spread easily, but also are pulled up easily. Others are more spread out but have much deeper roots
- Some weeds can seem attractive, but quickly spread, and eventually destroy
- The longer you ignore a weed, the harder you have to work to rid yourself of the pesky thing.
- To get rid of some weeds, you must destroy part of good grass in order to get rid of it
- The deeper the root the weed has the harder you have to pull to get rid of it
- Working by yourself to remove weeds is lonely, and you risk giving up
- Everyone around you can see the weeds in your yard, even if you choose to ignore them
- On the flip side, everyone can see you working to rid yourself of weeds, and notices the change in your yard when you do
- No matter what I do, I will have to weed the yard (or spray for weeds) every year, several times a year.
- The closer I look at my yard, the more weeds I see. Sometimes this can seem oppressive and self-defeating, but it goes to show how much we need to do it