Monday, October 20, 2014

Fruit from Weeds: Insight 4

Pull straight up
Another thing I learned was that weeds come out best when pulled straight up. They come out of the ground easier, with the roots going back up the channels in the soil they created, especially weeds with strong taproots. In contrast, weeds are much likely to break when pulled from an angle, leaving you with a handful of leaves, but roots still in the ground. Pulling straight up takes more time, and requires more movement as you weed out a bed, but it definitely yields better results

I’m not sure why that is. My admittedly unscientific theory is that puling straight up results in the most direct, concentrated, application of energy. Further, pulling a weed at an angle probably makes the roots encounter more resistance. Instead of going back up channels, roots are pulled through solid soil, encountering more friction.

Scripture recognizes a similar dynamic, teaching us to apply our spiritual energy in a focused, direct, manner.  Moses taught the Hebrews to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength,” and to commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (NLT)(emphases added). See also Deuteronomy 4:29;  Deuteronomy 10:12; Joshua 22:5. Jesus recognized that, explicitly ratifying Mose's teaching.  Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-28.  Jesus also recognized that halfhearted devotion—the spiritual equivalent of pulling weeds at an angle—won’t do. Luke 9:59-62; Matthew 8:21-22.  Jesus’ disciples got those principles.  Paul and the writer of Hebrews stressed the need to put Jesus above all. Philippians 3:7-14; Hebrews 12:1.

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