But for some strange reason I like to weed (as long as I am reasonably certain which are weeds and which are counted as garden plants). And I don't mind watering. So those are my areas of ability on a committee of 200 souls. (I think I've mentioned it is a really, really big church.)
Today follows a wet and sunny spring so the weeds have been running amok and actually have damaged the iris in the area where I was working as part of a major reworking of the 3rd Station of the Cross trail. It was a nice feeling to work to free the iris from the weeds that would push them aside and suck the power to bloom right out of them. I can't say I didn't add to the damage of the iris here and there because the invasion was profound...and I'll be back next week to keep working on it.
Naturally when I am working at the church and know that this blog is waiting to be tended I could hardly help but think about the weeds I let creep into my own life and think that I'll get around to routing them out later only to find the habit has taken hold and threatens the good habits I had been growing until I got lazy about tending them. I know plenty of people who would enjoy a note or card. I have plenty of family members I enjoy keeping in touch with. I have at least a dozen projects around the house that are worth my attention. I go a pace with reading my Bible through and a couple days not attending and the next thing I know weeks have passed without me reading a chapter, or completing a project or sending a note and calling a family member. I'm sure it's only been a week since I was at the gym, or is it 2 or 3?
Sometimes I just look back and can hardly remember what I've been doing instead of what I so honestly intended to do. Darn those life weeds.
So, today, as I tend the blister I got from weeding for the landscape committee, I'll start anew with things that I know are a blessing, but that I have been failing to tend. I read that it take 30 days to develop a new habit but I think that must be the good ones because I am quite certain that it takes far less than 30 days to loose the good habits I work to build up!
O, Spirit of God! Thank you for my muddy shoes, tender back and this little blister. Thank you for being so patient when I realize I have let weeds loose in the garden of my life yet again. Open my eyes to the opportunity for good around me, give me a heart longing for the good things You have available for my enjoyment, enlightenment and growth. Send me good friends and mentors who can encourage me and let me be a good friend and mentor according to Your will. AMEN