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Weeding the Garden of Life

By Don Loftis | 09.13.17

We are nearing the end of another gardening season.  Whether your garden produces beautiful flowers or tasty vegetables, you are fully aware of the danger of weeds.  They seem to thrive in all types of weather and choke out the growth and production of the desired plants.  There are “weeds” that can grow in our personal lives as well.  One of these weeds was recently identified by another preacher as the philosophy of “if it feels good do it.”

 

How much educational success would a student have if they only studied and attended class, when they felt like it?  How healthy would folks be if they indulged every desire the flesh presented?  What would relationships be like if we only did what we wanted to?  These weeds would, in time, choke out every good thing we really desired.

 

Hebrews 12 highlights our need for discipline both from earthly fathers and our heavenly Father.  In verse 11 we are admonished, “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”

 

Authoritative discipline can be useful in pushing us to do what needs to be done.  However, self discipline becomes the real goal.  Tom Landry, legendary coach of the Dallas Cowboys, once said, “I have a job to do that is not very complicated, but it is difficult: to get a group of men to do what they don’t want to do so they can achieve the one thing they have wanted all of their lives.”  Success requires getting rid of the weeds that are holding us back.

 


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