It had been a few months since we planted our garden. We had been so excited when the plants went in the ground and had waited in anticipation for signs of growth, buds and eventually vegetables.
Our plants had begun to flourish, but along with that came the weeds. We got so busy with every day life (and a little boy running around our house) that we neglected our garden. The weeds began to grow and grow and grow. It got to the point where it was downright embarrassing and I was ashamed that we’d let it get that bad!
Pulling weeds was the last thing I wanted to do, but we had put time, money and effort into the garden and I didn’t want it to be for naught. One Sunday evening when the sun had gone down and it was a bit cooler, I let the boys have some bonding time and headed outside to begin the arduous task. It looked like such a daunting task but knew I had to start somewhere.
I worked for what felt like hours (I never timed it but it was probably only an hour and a half at the most) and was able to put a small dent in the weeding. Although there was a ton of work to be done, it was a start and I was proud of what I’d accomplished!
A few days later Trent commented that we had new buds on our cucumber vine. I took a closer look and he was right! The poor vine had been “drowning” in the weeds. I was amazed at how quickly the new buds had come – it was as if the plant had been given a new life.
That got me to thinking – how often do we let weeds grow and overtake our life.
Those weeds can look different for everyone!
- Volunteering for things that we don’t enjoy because we don’t want to tell our dear friend Sally no.
- Keeping ourselves so busy that we don’t have time to sit, breathe and recharge our batteries!
- Putting off dreaded tasks because they feel too big to tackle and we’ll never be able to finish them.
I could go on, but I think you get the point!
As much as I’d love to think that I’m only talking to myself right now, I have a strong suspicion that there are others of you that need to weed a few things out of your life too!
I’m not asking you to tackle everything in one day, but make small changes one day at a time (much like I did with our garden). Maybe you need to start by giving Sally a call, or break that dreaded task into bite-sized pieces so it’s easier to tackle.
You can do it (whatever “it” looks like for you), just make one simple change at a time! I’m here to cheer you on every step of the way!
Will you join me in tackling the weeds in our life so we can learn to live an abundant life?
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