Hey kid, get off my lawn!
Do you like working on your lawn? How about in the garden? I don’t have a ton of hours to spend on my lawn, but I do really LOVE big open fields of green-green grass. I think my love of big open fields, of well manicured tall-fescue, comes from the first time my Pop-Pop took me to see the Philadelphia Phillies play at Veteran Stadium in 1978, I was 8 years old. I remember coming up through 400 level corridor leading out to our seats and seeing the field for the first time, I was in awe! As an 8 year old I had NEVER seen anything as big, green or beautiful. (yes, I know it’s not real grass.)
So, my lawn does not look as good as my neighbor’s lawn, (Yes, I will have a post about lawn envy) but it looks pretty darn good. I actually yelled a neighborhood kid, for walking on my lawn, after planting grass seed last fall, “Hey kid, get off my lawn!” and Rachel has yet to let me forget that I actually said that…out-loud. (Yes, that will be a post too) I know, I know, —I am turning into a grumpy old man.
Anyway, that was a big set-up to say that through the rest of the spring and summer I will start posting random (not all posts will be on this topic) thoughts and “lessons from my lawn” (and Garden).
However, lesson #1, which is fresh in my mind, has to do with weeds and mulch. I recently put out close to 70 bags of mulch around our property and, because I was in a hurry, I didn’t spend as much time getting all the weeds out before I put down the mulch.
Lesson #1: Covering up a weed with mulch doesn’t get rid of the weed! It may look good for a little while but the weed will grow back. I try to cover up the weeds in my own life and they always grow back. Getting rid of destructive behaviors and identifying self serving motives is hard work. It means you have to get down to the root of the problem, and some roots go down deep. Are you covering up any behaviors up with mulch? Should you be trying to find the root? Ask God to help you identify the weeds in your life and to help you find the strength and courage to get to the root of them!
Deuteronomy 28 (The Message)
1-6 If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:
God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children,
the crops of your land,
the young of your livestock,
the calves of your herds,
the lambs of your flocks.
God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.
7 God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.
8 God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you.
9 God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.
10 All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of God and hold you in respectful awe.
11-14 God will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that God promised your ancestors that he would give you. God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan. God will make you the head, not the tail; you’ll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today. Don’t swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods.