Don’t Mow the Weeds

Rebekah Madonia – Video Team Lead

In August I moved into a house with a large front yard. At the time, the yard was completely dirt except for a couple of trees and a bush. Over time, weeds slowly started popping up. My roommates and I would pull them on occasion, but things never got out of control. Never, that is, until a couple of months ago.

If you have lived in Arizona for at least 1 monsoon season you know how the rain makes things grow. One day things are Arizona-ish, then after a couple days of rain things are, well, different. The air is fresher, the grass is greener, fuller, and needs to be mowed. The flowers are blooming, the trees are brighter, and weeds that were just little sprouts on Tuesday are 4 feet tall on Friday.

Well, a couple of months ago it rained, and within a few days our large yard went from brown to green. My roommates and I didn’t mind at first. It was nice to come home to small green sprouts instead of trudging across a dirt yard, kicking up trails of dust. If we used our imaginations, it was basically grass! A week or so later it rained again and the next thing we knew… poof. We were playing Marco-Polo to find our way from the street to the front door. They were everywhere and they were getting taller by the minute. We knew we needed to get on top of things before they got any worse, so little by little we began pulling weeds. Pulling weeds soon became a habit. Get home from work, pull some weeds. Take out the trash, pull some weeds. Go for a run, pull some weeds. Wake up, pull some weeds.

One day while I was out pulling weeds, the man who does our neighbor’s lawn asked if I wanted him to mow our weeds. I told him no thank you, and he looked at me as if I was a little crazy (if you saw our yard, you probably would too). He mowed the neighbor’s weeds and went home. A few days later I was outside pulling weeds again and the woman across the street asked if I wanted to borrow her lawn mower. I thanked her, but declined, and went back inside looking confused. As I sat there in the dirt, pulling here and piling up there, I wondered if I was crazy for pulling all the weeds.

Is it quick?

No.

Easy?

No.

I looked at my neighbor’s yard with the recently-mowed weeds growing tall again. As far as I can tell, my neighbors want to get rid of their weeds but don’t want to put in much effort. Hence mowing. Weeds grow from the roots, and if you mow them they will grow right back. Wouldn’t it be better to do the hard work of pulling our the roots, as painstaking as this may be? This got me thinking, but it was less about my yard and more about my spiritual life.

Many times I’ve used a spiritual lawn mower to cut spiritual weeds (okay, this sounds weird, but stick with me). Sometimes, I’ll know there is something in my life I need to address, but I won’t take the time or make the effort to get to the root of the problem. I’ll use a quick fix, when really I should be spending time on my knees working out the problem roots with my Savior, because that is truly the only way to get rid of those spiritual weeds for good.

In Genesis 3 we see that God cursed the ground because of Adams sin:

17…Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food…”

Literal thistles and thorns are a result of sin. In verse 17, God tells Adam that it will take painful toil to work the ground in order to harvest food. Any farmer or gardener knows you can’t have weeds growing all up in your crop or garden – they will choke and overrun the good harvest! In literal terms, it will take hard, painful work to nourish our bodies to live and be healthy. Likewise, Spiritual weeds are also a result of sin. Weeds of pride, weeds of jealousy, weeds of anger. We will not be healthy, thriving, Christ-like Christians with spiritual weeds growing rampant inside of us. Just as in literal terms, figuratively we must also do the hard, painful task of working our spiritual soil and uprooting the thorns and thistles inside of us that are a result of our sins.

What spiritual weeds are in your life today? If your yard is big and you have lots of weeds to pull, start like I did with just a few weeds here, a few weeds there. It’s amazing what a difference getting on your knees in the dirt a few times a day makes.

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Don’t Mow the Weeds

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