TO WEED OR NOT TO WEED
As the summer season comes
to an end, I find myself reflecting on what I will miss the most: The smell of barbecuing burgers, being able to walk out
the door without a coat, wearing flipflops all day long, and sporting sunglasses at eight o'clock in the evening. I can also
tell you what I won't miss - The incessant growth of weeds! At least in the fall and winter, they lie dormant long
enough for me to forget they exist!
The variety of weeds I am exposed to in my
yard is plentiful! Some of them grow among the rocks. As the soil tends to be more shallow, these are easy to uproot. This
is not the case with some others. The "others" are those that, when grabbed just right, yield a long, carrot-like
root; however, it takes a lot more effort to uproot these wayward pests.
without welcome and threatening to steal my joy, I've seen how subtly the weeds of OFFENSES threaten to invade the soil of
my heart. There are little weeds, minor offenses, that are easy to forgive. For instance, careless drivers who take out their
aggression on fellow travelers offends me! Yet, within seconds of their passing, my mind shifts to something more important
and the offense is no more.
BUT the big weeds, the major offenses, take more work
to uproot. In fact, I find these have the tendency to pop back up within days of me dealing with them! Isn't it interesting
that the major offenses are usually caused by the people who are closest to us? Perhaps it is because our level of expectations
for those around us is much greater than some driver on the highway. These are people who should know what annoys
us. They should understand why something they do irks us so badly and that their "intentional disregard"
is more than troubling!
The challenge we have can be found in Colossians 3:13.
In it, Paul reminds us to forgive others JUST AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU. Why couldn't Paul say, "Forgive once you have observed
true repentance!" THAT would make life so much easier AND it would justify letting the weeds in our spirit grow knee-high!
Although it takes great effort, WE CAN CHOOSE to have a weed-free spirit every day of the year.
Thanks Shelbia. That's great advice. Shelbia Rae Birgel is a member of Starlight and youngest daughter of John
& Rachael Moyers. She is an employee of Oracle in Broomfield and she and husband Jon live in Northeast Denver, Colorado.