The thing that strikes me about weeding is it’s like laundry: the job never, never, ever, ever, ever ends. Pull out a weed today and, within a week, watch something just as ugly and useless take its place. Never mind the weeds, ‘cause after awhile, you’re ready to pull out your hair.
In my more lucid moments, I see a connection between weeding and my life: yank out something bad I’ve done today — or something good I neglected to do — and in a few days, I’m right back to doing (or not doing) almost the same thing.
Like laundry, it seems to be a never-ending cycle. And it usually leads to frustration and, even worse, simply giving up and giving in to our less charitable, more self-centred tendencies.
But there is a solution. Brace yourself, because it’s not a quick-fix from Doctor Phil or Oprah or the latest self-help bestseller. It’s….Jesus.
Yes, that’s what I wrote. Jesus. As in, the son of God, the Christmas child and the reason for Easter. Still with me? Then here’s the explanation: if you check out the claims of Christianity and then decide to get serious — and I truly mean SERIOUS — about a life of faith, then what you’ll do is invite Jesus Christ into your life.
And when Jesus comes into your life, He starts to change you. He loves you so much (the Bible says He died to make up for all the wrong you’ve done and the right you’ve failed to do) that He’s not content to leave you as you are, haplessly pulling up weeds that are all too ready to grow back.
As your relationship with Jesus grows, as you start attending church, reading the Bible and having faith conversations with longtime Christians, you’ll start to see the changes. A section of the Bible called ‘Galatians’ puts it this way: “The fruit that the Spirit [of God] produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
In other words, you start to see less weeds to pull up. Of course, there will never come a time when there isn’t weeding to be done. For proof, just look at the news and the scandals that overwhelm some high-profile Christians.
But if you’re serious and if you truly commit yourself to following Jesus and letting Him make you more like who God knows you can be, you’ll have more:
- resilience to withstand the hard times;
- strength to help others;
- contentment when the world screams that you need to buy more stuff and earn more money and;
- peace when you come to truly know where you will spend eternity.
Does this make sense? Post your thoughts below and let’s have a conversation.