This is one of my favorite times of the year. After the Christmas decorations are put in storage, and the crisp
cold of winter sets in, I love to plan out my garden for the upcoming
growing season. After each days work is done, my favorite winter activ-
ity is to sit down to a hot cup of coffee, a tablet in hand, and the variety
of garden seed catalogs spread out to peruse through as my plans begin
to take shape. As this years plans have already begun, the whole family
even got involved. Josiah was in the backyard with a tape measure try-
ing to help figure out where the vegetable beds should be. Such fun to
watch each one put such energy to a rewarding task like gardening.
One thing we concluded was a need to beef up the poor soil found in
our area of Arkansas.
There is a bit of wisdom I have learned as I have grown things over the
years\u2014good soil is absolutely essential for anything to groww ell.
Sounds obvious, right? When it comes to gardening in real soil, than it is an obvious fact. Yet, I have also
learned that when it comes to cultivating our spiritual soil that good soil is also essential for growth. I have
spent some time studying and meditating on the Parable of the 4 types of soils recently. A fascinating study
that I recommend you undertake. The question I have been asking myself is:
Remember that the good soil is the one that received the seed and produced fruit. Yet, I know that I sometimes live more like the \u201cthorny soil\u201d which allows the \u201cthings\u201d of life to get in the way of proper growth. These things choke out the Word of God, and inhibit spiritual growth. I don\u2019t know about you, but I want to be good soil in each day of 2010. I want to work the soil in my life\u2014get my hands dirty, stir up the fallow ground, water it, feed it, prepare it for growth. I want to be ready to produce a bountiful harvest in my spiritual life. Do you want that also? Do you want to do what it takes in your life (no matter how difficult) in order that God may grow a beauti- ful garden in your spiritual life? I certainly do. I want this year to be marked by the wonderful words of James. He wrote:
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?