Yard Work

>> Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This is our second summer in this new house. Last year we were taking care of the sod, trying to give it a good start. This spring, when it was time to start thinking about yard work, we discovered a corner behind the garage and up against the gate that had been covered with tumbleweeds and various other things for the winter. The sod in that area did not recover. We had to place a few new pieces there.

Now we have a nice green lawn, except for a few small spots where the grass is struggling. Then there is one larger area that needs a little more tender loving care. We make sure it receives a lot of water … and keep an eye on its progress.

Life is like that.

We have people in our life that are easy to be around … don’t take any work … and bring pleasure to our lives. There are a few people that are a little higher maintenance … we need to be careful about certain topics … sometimes they are in bad mood. And what about that one person who seems to need all the attention?

Then there is the corner where the trash and weeds piled up and killed the grass. Don’t we know people who have had so many traumas in their life that they just can’t seem to recover? We have a choice with those people. We can just let them slowly die away and have nothing to do with them any more … or we can bring in some new sod and try to be a catalyst for them to thrive again.

My relationship lawn resembles my physical one. How does your lawn look?

“In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.”

“A Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.” Luke 10:30, 33-34 (NIV)


Anonymous,  July 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

Regardless of our well meaning ways, some tumble weeds are on their own path and do not want to be saved. We may not understand why they react or ignore our attention. Their relationship with God is their own and may not require our intervention. Who are we to judge their state in life? Some tumble weeds need to tumble in order to find their way. Clear them from your path if necessary but let the next ones go. If they need your help, they will be led to ask for it. Leading tumble weeds, like the passing winds they come from is like building barricades in their own search for the truth. Let God do the tending. He was a gardener long before the rest of us.

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