You Heard Me!
I’ve watched my neighbors who enjoy their green and luscious yards and I’ve come to some conclusions that apply to much of life in general…but mainly my yard… and me…
Take this as an application of “thinking it through”…
- Soil conditions – Everything needs soil to grow and the soil needs continual conditioning to keep it in the freshest condition to hold nutrients and moisture for the roots. Roots find their nourishment in the soil. Poor soil produces poor opportunity for the grasses to be successful. When you do not take care of the soil, then you struggle with grass that cannot grow properly – and that’s when weeds, who maybe start out as a minor nuisance, can take over because they do not need soil that’s in good condition. In fact, many of my weeds grow where there are rocks and little soil!
- Nutrients – I’m not much on fertilizer, but this is often required in certain regions where the rain can wash away what might be in the soil naturally. Properly timed nutrient addition can give the grass time to recover and provide coverage that will choke out the weeds.
- Weed Killers – I’m not much into putting out poisons that will kill certain things, but not others – but this is definitely needed at this time of the year. Of course, it’s probably not wise to do it at the wrong time. Early in the season, make it where the weeds are not welcome and they will die out.
- Trimming – I love to mow, but sometimes I don’t get to it soon enough… So, I have to cut deeper than I should. The rules say to trim only about 1/3 of the length, even if it means multiple mowing in subsequent days. Sometimes, we cut the good stuff shorter than we should and it becomes stressed. Stressed grass allows the weeds to sprout!
So, my summation is this. We need to revitalize the soil! Utilize better nutrients! Judiciously apply the weed killers! Trim the good stuff the right way so that weeds do not creep in!
There is a way to win against the weeds!
Think this through with me… Doesn’t this apply to much of what we deal with in life? Whether we replace the word “weeds” with “time thieves” or “wasteful spending” or even “wrong choices” – there are always ways to properly setup life where these “weeds” are not battled tomorrow. Choices today setup the game plan of tomorrow!
A good friend of mine posted a quote this morning that is very applicable to me, personally.
“Don’t have your concert first, and then tune your instruments; begin the day with the Word of God and Prayer.” ~Hudson Taylor via Steve Smith
We cannot win the battle against anything if our instruments are out of tune! Nor can we win against spiritual conditions if we are not prepared for the battle. Jesus understood this very well.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ (Luke 14:28-30 ESV)
Timing must be right. Conditions must be ripe. And we must be prepared. At the right time! It took Noah a number of decades to build his ark before the floods came.
If you do nothing, then the weeds win! Your grass will slowly be choked out and you will have to fight back for simply the right for it to survive.