Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Be Careful What You Grow

I don't garden. I don't know the right time to plant certain flowers. I don't know the pruning schedule, and I only recently learned that "dead-head" is not only a term for those who listen to certain types of music, but also refers to caring for flowers. I don't know much about gardening, but here is what I do know. You don't plant weeds.

Those that garden know that time and care is spent preparing your soil, and planting your flowers. They also know that regardless of the care and planting, that weeds will come. It seems odd that you have to work for flowers, but that weeds come with no effort. The work comes in the weed removal.

Our thought gardens are the same way. If we want to have lovely thoughts, we must plant them. We must prepare our mind and work to maintain healthy and happy thoughts. Seemingly not so with the negative thoughts. Like weeds, they come on their own. And like weeds, if we allow them, they will take our thought garden over.

Weeds not stopped spread, choking your yard or flowers. Negative thoughts not stopped spread choking your mind. Suddenly your marriage, your situation, your life is filled with negativity. Like weeds in your garden, you can stop the negative thoughts, but it takes work!

Pull those thoughts from your mind, whenever they spring up. Cultivate your positive thoughts. Fertilize your dreams and goals. Deadhead your setbacks, and keep tilling!Your may have to work to make your thought garden bloom. But not only will you enjoy the harvest, but those around you will enjoy the beauty that comes from growing good thoughts.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Kelly Combs is a Christian wife, mom, writer and speaker. You can learn about Kelly by visiting her website at www.kellycombs.com

Chatty Kelly


Sue J said...

For someone who doesn't garden, you definitely understand what's involved in gardening! Dead-heading is really important. Not just to make your plant pretty, but you allow the plant to continue to make new shoots and blooms off the place you pulled your dead flower. And isn't that what God can do--if we let Him--with our disappointments, our struggles, our failures, whatever.... We can grow as a result, and be even more prolific with our "fruit."

Carol Dublin said...

Needed to read this today - thanks for the thoughts on cultivating positive thoughts, and weeding out negativity. Great post.