Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fruit from Weeds: Insight 5

Don't look at how much you have to do. Instead, focus on what is right in front of you & take satisfaction in pulling each weed.

Our beds are 50 feet long and 5 feet wide. When the weeds were in full rampage that resulted in 250 square feet to weed in each bed. And there were usually multiple beds that need weeded at any given time. It could seem overwhelming if you looked at it in total.

The best way to deal with that is to start on one bed and focus on what is right in front of you. Start with the biggest weed and concentrate on pulling it. Enjoy the process of pulling it out and the clean space that results. That will motivate you to tackle the next weed. That in turn will motivate you to take on the weed after that, and so on. Don’t think about how much more of the bed that needs weeding. Before you know it you have covered significant ground.

Scripture tells us that approach works on all tasks, not just weeding. Proverbs 13:11 teaches, “accumulation little by little is the way to riches” (New Jerusalem Bible). Ecclesiastes 2:24 and 3:13 tell us to take satisfaction in the work we do. Psalm 37:1-3, Proverbs 4:25, and Matthew 6:33-34 all tell us to focus on doing what God put right in front of us and not to get upset about other things. 

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