Picture your life a garden. You have all the many facets that make up you laid out in plots. You may have a plot for your family, one for your career, another for your social life, and maybe even one for your hobbies. Imagine if in your garden you see one corner that is weathered and dried out. Seeds are trying to sprout, but their dying of thirst. The soil has become a sandy brown and it doesn’t look like life could ever return to this area. You’re devastated at the sight. All of the other plots look healthy and lively, but this corner makes you shudder.
Imagine if this corner was your spiritual life. You’ve given attention to every aspect of your garden, but this corner and now it doesn’t look hopeful. You may read this and wonder if your garden looks this way. If you feel this way or think your garden is on the path to looking like this, you must ask yourself one question. What are you thinking about?
We have a thousands of thoughts everyday. What are we going to eat for dinner? How are the kids doing in school? Am I doing enough to get that promotion? We have several similar questions that come to us day in and day out, but one that we always need to revisit is “Am I pleasing God with my life?”
Philippians 4:8 says, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
When we’re thinking about true, honest, and pure things, we will find ourselves changing our habits. As we begin to change our habits, we change our desires. Our desires are directly connected to our hearts so we in turn begin to change our hearts as well. Changing our habits and actions to those that bring good report cleans our hands. We can draw close to God’s presence when we have clean hands and a pure heart. (Psalm 24:4)
We give water and nourishment to the spiritual plot in our garden when we change our thinking. We start to see the greater picture of things when we put our thoughts on things God desires more than what we desire naturally. (Colossians 3:2) We will see leaves peeking through the soil soon and before we even realize, we will be back in the garden God intended for us to be in from the beginning.
God can restore your garden, no matter how neglected it may have been. The only time it will be too late is when it’s too late. Start today by reading a scripture or devotional that will encourage your heart. If you want to learn about beginning a relationship with Christ, click here!
Make today great!