“When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book
When we moved into our new house, we decided that in the way of existing landscaping, there wasn’t a lot we planned to keep.
In preparation for the new plants we want to bring in, my husband took the weed-eater and leveled the existing foliage.
It was bare and ready for new life. But, in the busyness of the every day, we could never seem to get around to our project.
What I thought was gone was not truly gone.
I watched as slowly those same plants, came back up with new life.
Not once, but twice, after they had been leveled.
I have zero gardening skills, so when I mentioned it to my husband, he was quick to explain that he hadn’t yet dug up the roots which would ensure their erradication from our flower beds.
As I’ve been undergoing some much-needed discipline from the Lord, I have to admit that at times I feel like those plants.
I have something in my life that I need gone: a character flaw that needs to be dealt with.
I recognize the outward manifestation of these issues and work on erradicating them from my own life.
Only to have that flaw pop up again and again.
Because I never did dig those roots up.
I never got to what the root of the issue was.
And until I do, it will be a battle.
Has the Lord been dealing with you? Has He shown you areas of your own life that need changing?
We must first know that discipline from the Lord is based on His love for us (Hebrews 12:6):
“…because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
And secondly, we have to get to the root of our issue(s) if we truly want to see change. (Matthew 15:13)
“He replied, ‘Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.'”
I’m ready to don my gardening gloves and do some weeding!
My character, my soul and my marriage need it.
Will you join me this week in the process?
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