Posts Tagged ‘virtue’

What Does Lawn Care Have To Do With Our Lives?

I admit it. I’m a lawn care nut. I am particular about taking care of my lawn. Over 34 years of marriage I can probably count on one hand the times I’ve permitted someone else to mow my lawn.

This morning I was watering the front the lawn and pulling up stray weeds here and there by the roots. As I stood there admiring my lawn I couldn’t help but notice other lawns in the neighborhood. Many of them have more crabgrass and assorted weeds than grass. What’s the difference? Lawn care. Proper lawn care that is.

Lawn care is much like caring for our own lives. I start the lawn season in the spring by applying a pre-emergent crabgrass killer. While there isn’t any crabgrass visable and it looks like it isn’t really needed this is a critical step in effective lawn care. Throughout the remainder of the season comes additional treatment of lawn food, pesticides and the like.

So it is with our lives. In other words we need to take of things in our lives BEFORE there is evidence of a problem. If we apply the right self-treatment the weeds that may grow in our hearts and lives can be avoided all together. But this means living a life of intentional action rather than just living out our lives going from one day to the next.

What are the “treatments” we need to apply to our lives to avoid many of the weeds that could choke us?

II Peter 1:1-11 offers some good directions. To our faith we should add virtue, to our virtue – knowledge, to our knowledge self-control, to our self-control perseverance, to our perseverance godliness, to our godliness brotherly kindness, to our brotherly kindness love. This passage tells us if we do these things we won’t be unbarren or unfruitful. In other words we won’t have the weeds of live overtake us and prevent us from have a fruitful life.