Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Weeding your Garden

Every spring our family plants a garden. One day this past month I
was planting some vegetables. I looked over to where the carrots had been
planted, and all I saw in the place of the carrots were tiny shoots of weeds
sticking out of the garden. I thought to myself, "Goodness, how come
those weeds are an inch tall when my carrot seeds have been in the ground for
two weeks and there’s still nothing coming up?” My thoughts reminded me
of our hearts and how easy it is for us to let bad things grow, and to be
neglectful of the good things that God planted. In the world around us
there are many things that are sinful and aren’t of God but are from the
devil. Satan is always trying to tempt us with the things that look good in
our eyes. If we let Satan’s temptations grow, then the evil weeds will grow
in our hearts and the beautiful things that God intended us to be will grow
slower and slower or even completely stop. Let me list some things from the
world that Satan tempts us with, and that pollutes our lives.
Music: I like the quote from Sarah Mally in the book *Before You Meet Prince Charming*
“Satan is using music in a powerful ways to damage and
pollute the Christians today. Not only the words, but also the attitudes,
moral bankruptcy of the songs, character of the musicians and the addictive
physical drive of the beat combined to create a rebellious, independent
spirit which leads to dangerous, immoral patters in young listeners.” As I
examine this quote, I find that it has a lot of truth. When you are young and
still forming your views on the world, the music you listen to will impact
you. Picture your favorite music artist: Is their personal life all about
glorifying God or is it centered on who dates who, or which of their peers
receive the most popularity? "Do not love the world or anything in the
world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For
everything in the world- the craving of the sinful man, the lust of his eyes
and the boasting of what he has and does-comes not from the father but from
the world. The world and it’s desires pass away, but the man who does the
will of God lives forever." 1 John 2:15-16
TV: Television can impact us even more than music because it is a vivid
picture in your brain. Instead of just hearing the sassy voice of the smart
aleck rebellious teenager, you get to watch her roll her eyes and shrug her
shoulders when she’s speaking to her parents. Because were actually seeing
these actions it’s easier for us to fall into bad habits of doing them
ourselves.
Magazines: Most secular magazines are a host for gossip and useless talk.
They have no point other than to rudely discuss the lives of famous people,
and are also a place to display pornographic images. Plus, these gossip
filled places ruin, tear down, and destroy the lives of the ones that they
are discussing.
What weeds are you letting grow in your garden? Are you pulling up the
bad weeds? If you don’t, then you will never grow into the beautiful fruit
that God intended. How shall we pick these weeds out of our gardens and out
of our minds? Don’t form bad habits, listen to your conscience, and guard your
heart. Make sure everything you let into your heart is safe and an honor to
the Lord.

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