March 15: War on weeds

Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Matthew 13:7

Create a natural weed-killer: Mix undiluted vinegar with a squirt of dishwashing soap, and spray weeds until they disappear. You’ll skip the sketchy environmental pollutants in most weed killers, plus, the solution helps keep future generations of weeds at bay.

As you are doing your weed killing, reflect on the parable of the Sower. Some of the seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Jesus explained  that this   refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Spend some time reflecting on the balance of your life. Apart from work and sleep – what percentage of your time do you spend on growing your spiritual life, deepening your relationship with your family, staying healthy, experiencing the presence of God in Creation? And what percentage of your life is dedicated to watching programmes that end up making you feel envious of others’ lifestyles, adverts that make you feel inadequate, food that harms your body, stressing about ‘the worries of this life?”

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