Walking out of the house this morning to take the kids to school I noticed a spot in our yard where oil had spilt from some car repairs we had performed a couple of months ago and realized the grass had not grown there still. As I drove away I pondered the effects the oil spill had on that specific spot on my lawn as the rest of it seemed to grow green and beautiful.
So many things in our life are hindered from growing because of the crud we pour into it. We complain our kids don’t listen and are unruly, yet we spend no quality time with them; instead, we waste our time on social media or glued to the television and telephone. We complain our marriage has lost that “loving feeling,” yet we ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit to go to our spouse and daily pray with them; instead we let past offenses simmer in our minds and hearts til we convince ourselves the marriage is no longer worth saving or you are no longer compatable. We complain our husband doesn’t do this or doesn’t do that, yet we ignore his simple needs of a tidy home or a loving and respectful wife to come home to; instead we gripe to our friends how our needs are not being met in the relationship. We complain our walk with the Lord isn’t what it use to be, yet we spend no or little time in His Word or in prayer, instead we use our time busying ourselves with mundane things that bring no fruit to our lives. We complain our job is just a means to a paycheck and can’t wait to find another, but spend no time investing in the people we have worked with for years; instead, we find everything wrong with our work, our boss, and our pay. There are so many areas in our life that we complain about and yet we continue to pour the same crud into those things preventing anything from being fruitful in those areas.
As the famous saying goes “The grass is greener where you water it!” Proverbs 11:24-25 states “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Just as the filth and crud from the oil that was spilt on our once green lawn brought an area of no growth, if you pour unfruitful, flesh driven things into every area of your life, you will see no growth in those areas. Watch this though, what happens to oil that has been refined? It becomes useful again and even prosperous if placed in the proper hands. So, if you change or refine what you spill into your life it can become fruitful and if you place areas in your life that you know to be a struggle in the “Potter’s hands” He can make it fruitful and prosperous again.
I don’t know where you are in your life. I sure do see a lot of hurt due to people pouring the wrong things into areas in their lives that desperately are in need of the “refiners fire” or the “potter’s hand”. I want to challenge you instead of complaining or pointing fingers, to look at what YOU are pouring into those areas of your life that are not bearing fruit or not growing? If you are in the same place you were six months ago or even a year ago I would like to bet the only common denominator is yourself and it is time to take a long look in the mirror and stop pouring crud, flesh driven things into those areas of no growth. I know I am no farmer, but I do know the simple concept of watering and fertilizing and when you are using tainted water and cheap fertilizer the crops in your field will suffer greatly. Choosing wisely the things you pour into your life not only make a good farmer, but a happy and prosperous life 🙂