Have you done any weeding lately?
Weeding? Last I checked this wasn’t a gardening blog but in this case I’m not referring to the actual weeds you pull from the soil in the ground. I’m talking about the weeds that have a stranglehold on our time. The weeds that can often impersonate as beautiful flowers yet can cleverly, and ever so slyly, distract us from the very things that are most important in our lives. The thing with weeds is that they start out so innocently, with a few here and there, but if we aren’t alert and focused to what those weeds are doing, they quickly can take over and choke out any beauty that gets in its path.
The last couple of weeks I have spent some time analyzing the weeds in my garden in hopes of combating the funk that I have been in.
The truth is there are some weeds in my garden of life that need some pruning. And some of those things aren’t necessarily so bad when done in moderation but moderation I’ve never been so good at. I’m an all in or nothing kind of girl. That elusive balance….definitely not one of my strengths. Thankfully because I know this about myself I’m very selective about what I normally say “yes” to.
However I was very surprised to learn that one of my favorite activities (and something that will be very difficult for me to prune back) is in fact choking out a large portion of my day’s time by as much as 3 hours a day! That would be the time I’m spending reading and commenting on other blogs in any given day. I had no idea it was as bad as it was because until now I’ve never stopped to add it up….5-10 minutes here, 1/2 an hour there can easily get disguised as “work” and while I do think it’s important, it’s not more important than some of the other priorities in my life at the moment. Some of those other priorities (like exercise and cleaning for instance) aren’t necessarily as much fun or give back as much in way of instant gratification but are still important nonetheless. Oh and how I love to read blogs, at last count I was following over 200 blogs in my feed reader, all ones that I enjoy very much. Yet for me, I know that is too many.
Those weeds, they are sneaky. The longer we go without weeding, the more overwhelming it can be.
I also know that I need to spend more time soaking up God’s word and paying attention to the direction and priorities HE has for my life. I do not want to give the weeds permission to choke this time out of my schedule any longer. I need to be mindful about where these weeds are popping up so I can uproot them before they stunt the grow of all that is meant to thrive.
And so in hopes that I am not alone I ask you, do you have any weeds that are strangling the beautiful flowers in your life that so desperately want to bloom?
“Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word, but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in, and choke the work, making it unfruitful”