I have a problem in my yard right now. I am not really sure how it happened–we live next to a field, we didn’t water in the pre-emergent at the right time, I forgot to fertilize early in the season or it could be a host of other things. Regardless, what I have right now is a weed infestation. If it were the cute ones that have the purple blooms in the fall, I could live with that. Those are green, pretty and make your lawn look like a field of lavender if you squint real hard and have a big imagination.
Instead, I have the dreaded sticker bush. Oh, I know you super-Pollyannas are saying, “Yes, but those have pretty yellow flowers.” Yes, but those flowers last only a few days–I tried this line of thinking myself while I was in my ignore it and it may get better stage. Those pretty yellow flowers turn into nasty stickers.
At this point in time I have a few options. I could just torch the whole yard–all 1.3 acres of it, I could clear my calendar for the next two weeks and get a beautiful tan–or turn lobster red–as I try to eradicate the entire yard. Although that would be my preference–the weed free, not the lobster red, the reality is that I still have a life that includes work, my family and a host of other things. My favorite option which consists of closing my eyes, tapping my heels together three times and hoping it all goes away seems to be yielding no results.
With the aforementioned 1.3 acres, you may realize this is no small task. How many times have you found yourself in a similar situation? There is a problem that is set before us that just seems so big, so overwhelming and we know that we can no longer just close our eyes and click our heels. It could be anything from a loved one that we see sinking daily into an abyss caused by alcoholism, depression or even rejection of the Lord. It could be a work situation that has turned so toxic that you down antacids as you walk through the door in hope that you can make it through the day. It could be a desk that reflects your life–piled so high that you never feel you can breathe.
Guys, there is a solution. Management guru Peter Decker tells us that , “Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.” Do you every get paralyzed just on the question, “What is the right thing?” Are you too afraid of doing the wrong thing that you never do anything? Guys, here is the utter freedom message–
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5-6
You can pair that with
Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. Luke 10:27
and what you get is this–if we can clear our mind of the fear of rejection, the fear of failure and the other nasty stuff that is not of the Mind of God and instead fill it with Him–spending our day in gratitude, it is amazing what can be accomplished.
Now, we do know from studies Stanford and every issues of Entrepreneur magazine, the average person has 2-4 hours of high-level energy per day. If you can put the “hard” things in this block of time, you can be successful. In the case of my yard, I asked God what He wanted me to do. I felt this was an obedience issues where I was to personally tend to that which He has placed in my care–ie, He blessed us with this yard and I need to take care of it.
I placed my weeder and a bag beside the back door. Every morning, I go outside and spend 5-10 minutes pulling sticker weeds–those pretty yellow flowers make them easy to spot. It is amazing what can be done in small spurts of time. Success breeds success and I have found that by doing the small things, it makes the large things (in my work and family) easier. Hopefully soon, you can come over and walk barefoot in yard without doing the hoppy dance. You know, a girl can dream…
So, where are you today? Are you just staring at the weeds in your life or are you actively pulling? Are you so afraid of messing up that you won’t even grab the digger or are you cleaning out your yard by the bag-full? If so, what are your tips? Please share.
Until next time, happy digging!
Deanna is a wife, mother and life group leader who daily lives in the Grace of God’s Goodness. She also loves alliteration and a good, long run.