As I looked out at the horse pasture this afternoon, it reminded me of God's word and his lesson on the topic of soil (found in Mark 4:3-20).
For the past year or more, this field has been an eyesore to say the least. Although it was producing a fair amount of grass for the horses, it also had several weed patches that we couldn't get rid of, due to some bad seed we bought, that was full of junk.
No matter how many times David would mow it down, the weeds would come back and not even the horses would touch them (and they eat anything)!
The only way to get rid of the weeds was for David to completely till up the soil, discard the weeds and start all over with some quality seed.
This is so much like our lives! We buy expensive "junk". We invest in things that look good on the outside, but it produces nothing but weeds in our life. We walk around the weeds, thinking they will die or go away. Maybe we even attempt to destroy them now and then, but they come back and we feel defeated.
Sometimes we ask for God's help - to take the junk out of our lives, because we realize that we are not capable of ridding our soil of the weeds that have grown there.
As I was walking outside today, looking at this soil, I realized that God only does this one way and that's by tilling up the bad and replacing it with the good.
In other words, you can't just mow down the weeds and plant new seed. The weeds have to be pulled up by the roots and completely cast aside or you will just be mixing the bad in with the good.
The same goes for the weeds in our lives.
We fill our lives with bad habits, wrong choices, sorry attitudes, sin and lies, and then we try to just replace all of that with a trip to church on Sunday or a 10 minute prayer each week. But, that's not enough.
We have to allow God to pull those things out of our lives that have no value. That's the only way he can plant new seed and have it produce good fruit.
Sometimes he removes people. Sometimes he removes jobs or career paths. Sometimes he even removes ministry opportunities that have begun to choke out the better direction for your life.
With sin and wrong choices, he will remove you from situations that tempt you or he will allow conviction to accompany you until you "get" it. Sometimes he will allow you to hit the lowest point of your life, so he can get your attention.
God doesn't want us to remain among the weeds. He wants us sowing good seed on fertile soil and there are sure steps for getting there.
Invest your time, talent, money, resources, and soul into things that matter; things that are virtuous, good, righteous and admirable.
Everything you invest in has a value and an end product.
If you invest your mind into filthy movies, books, music or entertainment - you're going to get a mind that is bent in that direction.
If you invest your time into friends that lie, steal, cheat, or live immorally, you're going to reap trouble and persecution.
If you invest in affairs, pornography and immoral relationships, you'll get brokenness and guilt, shame and isolation.
And, likewise, if you only invest in fake religion, you're going to get fake faith, which again - will only produce weeds to grow up around your heart.
God wants to rid your life of the junk, the weeds and the bad soil and he wants to replace it with fertile ground and rich seed that will produce an abundance of good in your life and for eternity.
The tilling is not fun. In fact, the weeding process can be quite painful at times. But, the end result will be worth the pain and in the end, your life will be rich with God's promises and his faithfulness.
Give God the weeds in your life and He will replace them with the riches of his kingdom.
Blessings to you, my friend.