What can we learn from a weed? Find out here.
Yesterday (4/18/15) we had a work day at the church building. We pulled the weeds in the landscaping and added some new mulch. As I helped pull the weeds, I began to think about the lessons I could learn from doing so and I thought that I'd share what I learned with y'all.
We have weeds in our life. We have things that are in our life that don't need to be there and will eventually take over the good things that we have. When pulling weeds, the first thing you have to do is identify the weeds. Sometimes it's hard to figure out what is a weed and what isn't. We have to examine our lives and find out what is in it that shouldn't be there. It can be hard to separate what is good and what is bad. The best way to figure out what is bad is to look in the Bible. The Bible is your Ultimate Guide. It will tell you everything you need to know about "weeds." The Bible will tell you what things are bad (Galatians 5:19-21) and it will help you remove the bad things. Some weeds seem like they can't do any harm. Although they might not actually be causing any harm at the moment, if you let them be, they will grow and become a major problem; they will choke out the good.
When you actually pull the weeds out of the ground, you have to take the roots out with them. We can easily take out the physical part of the weed, but the roots will still be there and the weed will come back within a few days. We might even have to get a little dirty to completely get rid of that weed. When I started out pulling the weeds yesterday, I tried my best to not get dirty. I was doing a job that I knew would get me dirty while trying to stay clean. I didn't want there to be any physical evidence of what I was doing, even though it isn't bad. We tend to not want anyone to know that there are bad things in our lives so we try to hide the evidence while we get rid of the bad. By trying to hid that, it causes us to work slower.
Pulling weeds can take a long time if you're the only one working at it. Yesterday, we planned on taking four hours to pull all the weeds and add new mulch. With all the help we received, it only took us two and a half hours. With help, we can remove the bad in our lives twice as fast. Anyone can help us, it doesn't just have to be younger people. When we were pulling weeds, some of the elderly people of the congregation came to help and they helped to the best of their ability. At some points, all they could do was to stand back and motivate us or point out some weeds that needed pulled/spots that needed more mulch.
The sad thing is, the weeds will eventually grow back. We have to examine our lives often to take out the bad things before they get too far. So keep examining! Remove the roots of weeds, not just the part that you can see! Don't be afraid to get a little dirty! Ask for help! You're not alone, we all have weeds that we need to pull and we can help each other.
By: Jennifer Odom
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm a 19-year-old sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.