It's finally happened. The backyard is more dirt and weeds, than grass. It wasn't always that way, but a long-term strategy of killing weeds is not the same as a plan for growing grass. Since I don't want to spend the summer tracking mud in the house it's time for an intervention. Break up the soil, spread the fertilizer, plant the grass seed - it's time for a growth strategy. And since growth hasn't been a recent concern it will be a lot harder than killing weeds.
Any good landscape person will tell you that the secret to a great lawn is an approach that leaves little room for weeds. Why is that so hard to put into practice?
Well in the short-run it's easier to pull the weeds. And if we're not careful we apply the same approach to our spiritual lives. We get so busy - and so negative - pulling weeds we never get around to seeding the good stuff. And then we are surprised to discover barren patches and weedy eruptions in a soul created for better things.
Perhaps the time has come to plant good things in the soil of your self. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are biblical seed that grow into a resilient lawn. And they crowd out those negative plantings that sometimes seem to spring up without any effort at all. I'm doing a little planting this spring. Feel free to join me.