People harvest only what they plant.
Gardens require a number of things to be fruitful: Good soil, sunlight, fertilizer, viable seed, water, and good weather. Max Lucado writes about the heart as a greenhouse. Your heart like a greenhouse must be managed so the above garden needs are met. Consider your thoughts as the seed. Some thoughts become flowers, others become weeds. Sow seeds of home and enjoy optimism. Sow seeds of doubt and expect insecurity. The proof is everywhere you look. Ever wonder why some people have the capacity to resist negativism and remain patient, optimistic, and forgiving? Could it be that they have diligently sown the seeds of goodness into good soil and are enjoying the fruitful harvest? Ever wonder why others have such a sour outlook or gloomy attitude? You would too if your heart were a greenhouse of weeds and thorns. It is easy for us to complain or beat down others, or expect perfection in an non-perfect world. We sow the weed seeds in ourselves and others when we do this. If we are to follow Jesus and have unending encouragement and forgiveness from our God, then some of us may need to change our gardening habits. A greenhouse full of weeds is not lost to harvest, we just have to do a better job at weeding and management.
Blessings this week, Deacon Nancy Trimble
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