by Dawn Ford
Thoughts can be fruitful like flowers or destructive like weeds; it all depends on what you allow to grow.
Spring is here and each day it seems I receive a new seed catalogue in my mail. Oh the possibilities! Pictures of the luscious fruit and hardy vegetables are almost too much for my husband. Every year he plans on planting less than the one before, but ends up planting as much, if not more.
I’m no better when it comes to flowers. My husband tills up areas for me, and I buy enough seeds for a whole meadow. I can’t help myself!
A few years ago my husband prepared a fresh spot in our pasture for my garden. I knew it was going to be work to keep the grass and weeds out since it had never been used for a garden before, but I was excited to have such a large spot.
I decided I would plant wide swatches instead of taking time to measure out and make straight lines. It was a fabulous year weather-wise, and my buds quickly grew to fill up this space. I worked diligently at keeping it clean to give my plants a chance to grow.
I was quite proud of how spotless I kept my flower garden…until my husband and I went on a week-long vacation.
A week without tending my beautiful garden.
By the time we returned, the garden was overgrown with weeds. They had actually surpassed my flowers in this short period of time. And because the plants were still growing, pulling the weeds could’ve meant taking out some of the blooms. Since I’d planted such a wide area instead of rows, I was going to be doing a lot of bending and reaching to clean it out.
It took me twice as long to get those errant sprouts out of my garden since they’d been allowed to grow freely. It would’ve been better to take a few minutes each day to be sure they didn’t take root at all.
I was not thinking happy thoughts as I pulled every single one of those weeds.
And that reminded me of how negative thoughts and sinful ideas can overcome my mind. They start out small, like someone pulling out in front of me, almost causing an accident. These thoughts grow until I am in a bad mood at home and snap at my family. It’s not long before negativity springs up across the garden of my mind and chokes out the fruitful thoughts.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV says we are to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Although Paul spoke specifically about arguments that kept people from knowing God, I think we can also use this for any thoughts that are not from God.
When allowed to grow in our minds, these thoughts take root and often times grow faster than the true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy things from Philippians 4:8 that we are told to think on. Then we have to spend double the time getting those weedy thoughts yanked out by their roots.
I’ve learned to plant in areas small enough to handle the creepers that inevitably try to take over. I have also learned to take my thoughts captive before they begin to overtake my mind.
Does anyone else have issues with weedy thoughts? What are some ways you’ve tried to rein your thoughts and center them on truth?
Some of our most destructive weedy thoughts have to do with those things we tell ourselves. God says we're cherished, deeply loved, created to be glorious masterpieces that shine for Him, and yet, so often, when we think about ourselves, we feed those nasty inner lies that hold us back and keep us in bondage. Lies like "I'm not good enough," or "I'm a failure" or "I'm lovable."
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