Weeds can be deceiving. Some take on the appearance of what could be a future flower. Their leaves can be attractive and to the naïve, inexperienced but hopeful gardener, the question “to pull or not to pull” looms.
Left to grow, a weed will multiply and overpower the good plants in your garden. Some weed’s roots become so embedded, it takes real muscle to pull them. You may even need to utilize garden tools to help dig them out.
Think about the people in your life. Are there some who are like weeds? Do you find yourself asking “Should I let go or continue to allow this person to continue to take root in my life?” Do you hold onto them in the hope that in time they will become a flower? It’s so disappointing when that doesn’t happen isn’t it?
Like weeds, some people can be immediately identified as a hindrance. At this stage they are easy to uproot. However, those who disguise themselves may prove to be a bit harder. It may be weeks, months or years before you realize they are in fact a weed. By that time it is likely their roots have grown deep in your life and the effects can be devastating. You may have to utilize tools to remove them, such as friends, your pastor, or even the legal system. Wouldn’t life be easier if we identified the weeds early and had the courage to let them go before their roots grew deep?
If you allow a “weed” to grow ask yourself “Why”. Are you a better person while they are in your life? If not, it’s time to let them go. When you do, you will have more time for those who truly enhance your life. You will eventually have more energy and joy and can share those gifts with others.
Pull the weeds one by one and see what is blooming underneath.
Matthew 7:16-18 “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.”
Isaiah 55:13 "Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, And it will be a memorial to the LORD, For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off." Blessings,
Emberly A naïve, inexperienced but hopeful gardener SDYR Volunteer