WEEDS, like Bad Thoughts, so Difficult to Root OUT
Weeds are so distracting and can be destructive in the beauty of our gardens! This post will be analogies of the weeds to the often erroneous and distracting thoughts we can have in our minds.
If you click the link above you will see a quick and lovely blog post on 5 weeding tips. Included in the links below are some Ehow and other sites that include weeding information.
Below are the 5 tips from the Mother Nature Network on how to best weed your garden. So, what if the weeds are negative thoughts or lies
that lead to feelings
which lead to actions
which leads to repeated thoughts
which become beliefs
that are repeated over and over
to become habits
then develop into fabric of our character?
Wow, one little weed-thought can be very powerful if not treated properly.
What can we do?
First, sometimes it is difficult to detect the truth from the lie, so Mother Nature Network suggests MULCHING.
1. Mulch, mulch, mulch: The soil of our minds is just like that of the earth. If we allow it to remain blank or are not intentional about planting SOLID TRUTH (Great Link Here) in our minds. We must cover the ground of our minds with that which is healthy.
For example, what if you think something about someone that is NOT true, “Suzie doesn’t like me.” Maybe Suzie was having a really bad day. Maybe Suzie really didn’t see you in the cafeteria. What if you act on the thought? It could actually ruin your relationship with Suzie. Cover the thought with truth. Then you can act on your SUSPICION later.
2. Aerate your soil by hoeing: Roots need air! Get that hoe out and dig through the dirt. The soil that we plant into is important. How receptive is our soil? If the soil is hard, about the only thing that will grow there will be something we DON’T want. Weeds grow well in hard hearted soil.
Sharp blades must be used to till hard soil and it takes so much effort, but the effort is worth every ache. Dig up that soil and put some new top soil in your thought-life flower bed. As you discern something does not belong remove the thought immediately.
3. Spend 10 minutes a day weeding: Doesn’t this practical advice make sense? Daily examination of our thoughts and pulling up the erroneous hurtful thoughts, not allowing the roots to take ground. If the bad thoughts are removed daily, they have less chance of entangling themselves around our hearts. Remove untruth daily!
4. Keep walking-rows weed free: We must be vigilante over our thought-gardens. If we remain aware, once again the weeds will not be given place to wheedle their power over our healthy thoughts. It is so important to stay alive in our thoughts intentionally. Though, as a friend of mine said, “the human default setting is laziness.” It is vital we remain vigilante to embrace the good and truthful thoughts!
5. Plant cover crops: What do we want to grow in our gardens? We want healthy beautiful intentional loving thoughts growing in our thought-life. Therefore, filling our minds with God’s truth daily will prevent weeds from coming up. The word of God, the Bible, helps fasten our minds to truth, rather than allowing whatever thoughts come into our minds to reign.
Weed-thoughts are sneaky because they can take ground quickly and move us in destructive directions toward ourselves and others. Weed out bad untruthful unloving thoughts quickly. Being vigilante over thoughts is one of the most powerful actions we can take in living our best lives.
Jesus knewa what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?5Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’?6So I will prove to you that the Son of Manb has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
As always highlighted links hold other readings. It took me several weeks to write this post. May many be blessed.
On a side note to Christians: A friend of min, Kent, said in teacher inservice the other day, “I really battled the weeds this summer. At first I sprayed over and over with the strongest weed killer I could. Those pesky weeds kept coming up. It wasn’t until I tilled the soil and added new that I was able to plant what I wanted in my garden. The weed spray was a topical attack that which I didn’t want in my garden. Let us all be aware of our topical Christianity. Let us till the soil of our hearts, so the Holy Spirit may sow the seeds of the plants He wants to grow in us. Topical applications are only temporary.”