The weather channel said it was supposed to be 106 degrees today so, I was out weeding in the yard very early. I admit my yard had more weeds than I would like, but I was determined to get rid of them. Fortunately, I have discovered a “spiritual practice” while working in the yard. Weeding helps me converse with God about the things I need to get rid of in my life. I am speaking primarily about the distractions that keep me from focusing on my relationship with God. I am daily distracted by the world and can lose my focus much too easily. Maybe you can relate. Today, God and I had a talk about the many things that keep me from growing and focusing on my Lord…aka, all the “spiritual weeds” in my life.
There are many things in our world today that get in the way of putting God first. Facebook can be a real time waster for me. I am in a writing group online via Facebook and I’ve become more intentional about checking in with the group and then logging out of Facebook as soon as I have done that. I also don’t need the daily toxic political news either. My blood pressure is up and according to my doctor, there is no reason for that, other than the current political climate perhaps. I also don’t need to respond to every post my friends share. That’s an easy habit to get into. So, that is one more weed I will be pulling in my spiritual life.
In addition, responding to emails while in the middle of writing or other work assignments is another distraction. We are each called to work as if for the Lord, and being distracted and disorganized is not helpful in that endeavor. Sadly, we as a society have put our “phones” above one-to-one conversation and that is another weed we all may need to pull. I will put my phone away during meals or while in conversation. I will not be available to check messages or calls while I am present to the person I am with. I think you get my point.
What “spiritual weeds” is Holy Spirit asking you to pull? What keeps your focus away from our Lord and on the world? By the way, if you are interested in weeding while you meditate on the topic of spiritual weeds in your life, I still have a few more pesky weeds in my front yard. You are welcome to join me if you would like. Then again, I could finish re-reading Tom Sawyer while you pull the weeds. <wink>