The ONE THING for today

Cutting grass or killing weeds?

  • Zephaniah 2:9 (NKJV) Overrun with weeds and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation.

If you’re living in my little neck of the woods you’re probably like me – curious: curious to see how many more days it is going to be rainy and cloudy.  Here it is the middle of July–a time we should be enduring high 90’s and blistering sunlight and instead we’re lugging umbrellas around.

Monticello west lawn

Monticello west lawn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But…I’m not complaining; it was not that many years ago that we were enduring a drought and any day in July that is not pushing the thermometer toward 100 degrees is a good day.

Plus, my yard looks great-all green and healthy looking.

However, it was not always that way.  It took a lot of time and patience and help from Jim Peck (a professional lawn care specialist) to get my yard looking like a lawn.  A few years ago all the rain in the world wouldn’t have helped-except for growing my weeds.

There were two things that made the difference:

  1. First: the soil had to be improved (by removing weeds and adding nutrients)
  2. Second: seeds had to be planted

Over time, these two practices have produced a lawn that I can find delight in.

The same is true in our lives.  All the blessings and prosperity in the world won’t help if we do not deal with the “root issues” in our lives.

Using the example of my yard: let me offer three ways to work on the “root issues” in your life…

  1. First: commit yourself to a lifetime of self-improvement.  This will involved a continued process of removing bad and unproductive habits and practices and starting good habits and practices.
  2. Second: planting seeds equals the daily wise decisions you make.
  3. Third: seek out wise advisors in your life (and actually heed their advice!).

You don’t turn a yard around in one season and neither will you turn your life around in one season.  But the continued practice of working on self-improvement and planting many seeds of wise decisions will compound to producing a beautiful, satisfying and productive life over time.

And boy, when it rains for a few days in a row it’s really sweet!  Better go get my lawn mower… (It sure is a lot more fun cutting grass than killing weeds.)


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