there’s still something in me that believes that i can “overcome” sin and “do it right.” I catch a glimpse of myself doing the right thing and think, “I can keep doing this…” Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s possible to change, but I’m believing more and more that it’s only through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I think we have tend to land on a moralistic “don’t do this” place and feel good for the season that we can keep it up.
i caught a profound glimpse of truth the other day when i had not eaten the entire day. i thought to myself when i started to eat dinner that i need self control to not gorge even though my body had been starved all day. what happened? i totally gorged. i ate and ate and ate and ate… i ate like there was going to be no food tomorrow. this taught me that the idea of will powered change can only last for a short time.
to believe in the gospel of Jesus is to acknowledge and receive a change of heart. i have to understand the deeper issues that drive me to my outer behavior. our behavior is but a reflection of the inner dysfunction of our soul. to change it leaves the heart in it’s dysfunction. to go to the heart is to address the core issues.
Sami and Jaci helping give perspective to my weed problem...
i’ve got weeds growing everywhere!!! i put a couple shots of one patch that’s in front of my house. One with my kids and car to give you some perspective on how tall they are and one that’s a bit closer up. now, i’ve actually got to do some major work to get rid of these bad boys. i can’t believe how fast they’ve grown. this patch was dirt when we first moved in 9 months ago and now i can’t even see the dirt! being a pastor and theologian, i can’t help but look at my weed garden and see the correlation to our lives. i’ve put off taking care of my garden for almost a year and now i have
Yes, They're ALL Weeds!!!
a serious problem that seems totally out of control and overwhelming. i almost don’t know where to start. i thought of weeds in my life that are now deeply rooted within me and think of how overwhelming they become when i choose to look away and ignore them. when they started, they were just small little patches so i thought, “no biggie… i’ll take care of it later.” after a while though, the crap in my life gets overwhelming and i feel like it’s a lost cause. did you know that some weeds actually produce these little flowers that almost make them look pretty? but no, they’re still weeds that grow out of control and start screwing up the rest of the garden. weeds can be subversive that way.
i sat there thinking about all of the different strategies to kill them. i’ve heard of different organic solutions (water and vinegar, boiling water, soap and water, etc.) but i’ve chosen to go the old school route of pulling them by hand. one by one, i’m going to go after them. since there are so many, i’ve asked my friend to help me out. interesting isn’t it? even in this, i can see how community makes such a difference in helping us figure out our junk as well as help us deal with it. wow, when i decide to deal with weeds, it actually brings me closer with people. interesting.
weeds… a curse, a blessing…
i’m pretty obsessed with my weeds right now… enough talking about them. time to get dirty and deal with them…