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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Do you remember the little nursery rhyme, “Mary Mary Quite Contrary”? Here it is:

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row.
The other day this little nursery rhyme came to mind, and it got me to thinking about our gardens. No, not the vegetable or flower gardens that we might have. It got me to thinking about our spiritual gardens. Yes, we all have a spiritual garden. Some of us tend our spiritual garden very well. Others tend to it every now and then. Still others never tend to it.  We all know what happens to gardens that are tended to regularly. They grow. They thrive. They flourish, and produce beautiful flowers or delicious veggies. The gardens that are tended to every now and then, might produce a few good veggies or a few pretty blooms, but definitely nowhere near what it could’ve produced. And the gardens that are never tended to, well, they die. Weeds take over. The lack of water provides no nourishment for the soil to produce the flowers or veggies. The garden never reaches its potential, not even a little bit.
The same goes for our spiritual gardens. Listen to what scripture says.
Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.  Hosea 10:12
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.  James 3:18
Scripture tells us of the importance of tending to our spiritual gardens. What we sow into our gardens is what we will produce in our lives. If we sow righteousness, we will produce “unfailing love”. If we sow in peace we will produce “righteousness”. And the same is true for the flip side. If we sow hate, we will produce a hard heart. If we sow unforgiveness, we will produce bitterness. If we sow selfishness, we will sow pride. Do you see where this is going? If we tend to our gardens regularly by reading scripture, praying, fellowshipping with other believers, worshipping, and giving then we will produce a garden that thrives, flourishes, and glorifies God. If we only tend to our garden every now and then, our garden will not produce its full potential. Our faith life will be as the waves (being tossed to and fro), never steady. And finally if we never tend our garden then it will never produce its potential at all. Our faith life will be dead. It will be non-existent.
So, the question is, “______  ______ how does your garden grow?” Is it producing unfailing love and righteousness, or a hard heart and bitterness and pride? My challenge to you today is to tend to your garden.
Grace and Peace



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