It’s Beginning

It is beginning—spring. Unlike most people, I make my most serious and most often kept resolutions at the beginning of spring instead of on New Year’s Day. The new year begins in the dead of winter when I am cooped up. How does one find energy to develop a good habit or break a bad one when confined within the four walls of the house?

When the weather begins to warm, new life is springing forth. The lawns are starting to turn green, tree buds are swelling, and early spring flowers are beginning to bloom. That is energizing—encouraging.

On my morning walk, I saw crocus, daffodils, and hyacinth in bloom in sunny locations. How motivating! They make me want to bring beauty and new growth into my inner life.

IMG_1140I also saw henbit. In early spring henbit has a dainty, purple flower. However, it is a troublesome weed—one that is difficult to eradicate from the lawn and the garden. Henbit is much like persistent sin.

So often our sins start off looking attractive, but as they mature they become troublesome and obnoxious. In my mind it symbolizes a persistent sin I need to eradicate. As I work in the yard, the henbit will be a constant reminder that my sin must be pulled out by the roots using prayer and God’s Word.

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.  Ecclesiastes 7:20