Thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. Proverbs 24:31
Read: Proverbs 24:30-34
Listen: Proverbs 24
The author passes a run-down field on his journey. The writer of this story isn’t zipping by at 60 mph. He observes its state of ruin as he walks along. This vineyard is in rough shape with thorns and weeds overtaking a once-fertile ground; the stone wall is crumbling and scattered. Anyone with a yard or garden knows just how quickly weeds can overtake it. All we have to do is nothing. If the vineyard owner wanted a productive field, he would need to take the time to weed and care for it every day.
Sometimes when bad things happen, we say, “I don’t know how this happened, I didn’t do anything.” Too often, the point is we didn’t do anything. There are many reasons not to do anything. It could be laziness, fear, feeling overwhelmed or uncertainty.
Just like the vineyard owner needs to weed and care for his field every day, we need to “weed and take care of” our character, relationships and everything else that’s important. If we desire to grow in gratitude, we must find small ways to practice gratitude daily. If we want to grow in our relationship with God, we need to spend time with him and ask him to help us grow each day. Only good movement can push out bad movement. Inactivity won’t cut it because doing nothing leads to ruin.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Identify a habit you need to continue, revive or begin today. Doing the work of “weeding” in our lives is challenging, and it can be hard to keep momentum. Instead of jumping into this habit alone, enlist someone to help you. Find someone who you can ask to check in on you and your progress regularly.
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