This spring I decided I wanted a better looking lawn so I went out and bought a lawn spreader and the necessary lawn care products. I’m using a well-known brand of products that employees a four step system. Each of the first three steps does something positive and something negative.
On the positive side, each of the applications feeds the grass. On the negative side they each attack an enemy of the lawn. The first one fights to prevent the emergence of weeds. The second one kills weeds that survive the first step. The third application kills insects that are harmful to the lawn. It’s a good system-- feed the positive; kill the negative.
That’s the type of system we should apply to our spiritual life-- sort of a “lawn care for the soul.” If our lives are to produce the type of results that please and glorify God we must feed and nourish our spirits through Bible study and worship. When you begin your day by reading God’s word you are nourishing the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Regular worship further enhances your spiritual growth through prayer, praise, encouragement, and association with fellow believers. That’s the positive side.
On the negative side, we must realize that threats to our spiritual life are always present. Like a weed or a bug they seem so insignificant and easy to ignore, but left unattended they multiply and grow and will take over unless dealt with. Little decisions like what we think about, what we read or watch on TV, and the kind of friends we associate with all accumulate into something. If we don’t guard ourselves and deal ruthlessly with these little threats they will accumulate into disaster. Solomon said “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 )
This positive/negative approach to “soul care” will produce a spiritual environment in which the Holy Spirit can produce His fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23)
I wish for you a beautiful lawn and a beautiful life.