Growing Guidance: Part I

Planted in Fertile Soil

I’m not a great gardener.  Every spring I attempt to coax forth a beautiful array of blooms proclaiming my green thumb.  But my garden tends to shout “I’m neglected!” as its loudest proclamation. As I gazed out into the garden this weekend I was excited to see many vegetable plants growing with zeal!

Until my gaze glimpsed my Silvia.  They are not a beautiful purple, as in past years, but are currently brown.  As in dead brown.

Dismayed I further noted my pepper patch is not producing much at all, their leaves contain more bugs than any other grove in Ohio!

I began mentally reviewing all I’ve done for my garden this year. And stumbled onto this week’s series: Growing Guidance.  Because not only do I need to learn growing tips for my garden, I need to rethink my spiritual growth pattern as well.

The first thing I consider every spring after I remove any dead foliage is my soil.  Where we live we have this marvelous clay soil that won’t grow a thing until you mix it with peat moss, or haul in potting soil.  So every spring, I add fertile soil.

In gardening, whether with seeds or more mature plants, where you put them is important.

You need an area with few rocks, limited pests, and nutrient dense soil.

Looking at growing your faith?  Start by checking your soil.  Where have you planted yourself?

Is your work environmentally rocky?  Do you return home at night to screen pests: TV, Internet, or iPhones nibbling a hole in your resolve to make time with God a priority?

Is your environment conducive to positive spiritual growth?

Over certain environments, your control may be limited.

But others are the result of choices.  Choices you can make.

Reflections:

1) What type of soil are you planted in?

2) What changes can you implement today to eliminate “unwanted pests?”

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