Growing Grass

We are always looking for talent in the church.  There are many talents that I do, but there are only a few that I do well.  I can dig.  I can grow grass (if God does his part).  And I can wash dishes.  What can you do well?

Digging tends to work against growing grass.  Recently we had to have new clean outs put in our sewer line.  The small back hoe came and when done I had a great opportunity to grow grass.  Grass growing has not really been an easy learn.  I have been trying to grow grass for most of the years that I have lived in Nevada.  It has only been in the last couple of years that I can get excited about it growing.  Because I have learned a few things and I have been willing to make the sacrifices required to grow grass.

Relationships sometimes dig into our hearts and leave some horribly bare spots.  Over time and obvious neglect these bare spots can begin to dominate us and effect the relationship.  This will lead to breaking off the relationship.  It will lead to bitterness ruling our life.  Then we may even experience physical discomfort and death eventually because of the bare spots.  Historically our nation in the 1930’s suffered what was called the dust bowl because bare spots dominated the landscape.

Jesus revealed the answer to the bare spots in our relationships.  It’s like grass in the yard.  If you grow forgiveness you can overcome the bare spots.  There are a few things in the model prayer of Jesus and forgiveness is one of them, “…forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  Jesus reiterates right after the prayer in Matthew 6, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Just a few things that I would highlight about growing grass.  First, it only grows if God does his part.  Second, you can throw out a little seed, but it makes the difference when you make the sacrifices needed.  Finally, it requires further care.  Forgiveness works the same way.

If you are going to forgive remember what God did for you and pass it along.  Next, it takes more than lip service, “Forgive me” to change the bare spots.  It will require a great deal of sacrifice.  Finally, real forgiveness will need to be looked after everyday to follow.  Can you do it?

My prayer is that you look after the “bare spots” in your relationships today.

C U Sunday,

Bill

P.S. – I want to say thank you to so many that made our Easter Sunday the great day of worship that it was.  Thank you.

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