Lessons From My Lawn (Lesson #2)
Last week I started a series called “Lessons from My Lawn” where I talked a little about pulling weeds (destructive behaviors) from their proverbial roots, and today I want to talk a little about “weed identification.”
A few weeks ago, after spending plenty of hours weeding and mulching my yard, I took a minute to step back and marvel over what I had accomplished. Rachel, who was bringing me a drink, came outside and looked over the yard and lovingly said;
“Looks great, but are you going to pull out that weed?”
“Weed?” —I defensively responded. “Where?”
She proceeded to point out a weed that, to me, looked like a flower (This is why I try to focus on the lawn.)
With dripping skepticism I asked, “Are you sure that’s a weed?”
She blurted, “Yes, positive!” (Insert a “your an idiot” type of stare here —I get that a lot.)
After I pulled the weed, this small exchange made me start thinking about all the behaviors in my life that I think are flowers but are really weeds! Like, for example, busyness. We live in a culture that models, celebrates and rewards busyness. And I (we), in return, embrace busyness (having no margins) at the expense of my relationship with God, my children, Rachel, physical health, emotional balance and time of Sabbath. Yet, if our society was looking at this particular weed in my life it would be celebrated like a prized rose bush.
Do you find that busyness is a weed that you nurture? Do you have any different weeds (destructive behaviors) in your life that look like flowers to others?
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10: 38-42
“Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them.”