From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

A few years ago my two sons announced to me that they wanted to plant a garden at our church’s community garden plot.

I was okay with that until it dawned on me that I would be tending the garden with them.

On our first day on the job we had to tackle thistles and quack grass.

I couldn’t believe how many there were and how arduous the task was to get them all pulled out.

I felt pretty good, though, after we had finished because now the weeding was done.

Then they came back.

Like teenagers to an all-you-can-eat buffet, the weeds just kept coming back.

It was a never-ending job to keep pulling them up and caring for the tender tomato plants and other garden vegetables my boys had planted.

Why is it that the things you want to grow struggle to make it while the weeds seem to need no encouragement to flourish and spread?

Aren’t our lives a bit like that?

The areas of our lives that hold value also cost us in terms of time and energy.

Meanwhile, the weeds, the sins that we want to avoid keep cropping up, threatening to choke out the fruit of good character.

Every gardener knows that regular weeding is paramount to maintaining a good, healthy garden.

Take some time this week to evaluate the state of your life and see what things need to be weeded out.

Nobody’s going to do it for you!