AS YOU WAVED GOOD-BYE TO your friends at church last Sunday, what mental darts were left stuck in the target of your thinking?
AS YOU WAVED GOOD-BYE TO your friends at church last Sunday, what mental
darts were left stuck in the target of your thinking?
Can you remember those pointed challenges from the preacher who stood
before you with Bible in hand? How many hours have passed since you sat
there, opening your ears and heart to counsel from God's always-relevant
Book? A few dozen, maybe?
Ah, it's starting to fade, isn't it? Those incisive, potentially
life-changing principles are swimming away in a sea of forgetfulness. What
a frustration! Why can't we hang on to those mental, spiritual handholds we
need so desperately?
Jesus illustrated this struggle so vividly:
Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his
field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it.
Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. . . . Other seed fell
among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced
MARK 4:3–5, 7
What is it in your life that chokes the life of the seed of truth? Worry
over your children's futures? Fear of losing your employment? Stress from
over-commitment or your lifelong pattern of perfectionism?
Let go of all of that and begin to allow the truths of God's Word to grow
roots and flourish. That takes a commitment to cultivating your
relationship with Him through prayer and meditation and a daily reflection
on Scripture. Also, join up with someone you trust who can lovingly point
out the weeds in your life and help you maintain a fertile heart for the
things of God.
Watch how God enriches your life when you pay attention to the soil of your
heart. You'll experience a bumper crop of joyfulness and peace. I assure