Friday, August 10, 2007
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Yes, I didn't blog on Wednesday. I didn't want to steal Jodi's thunder. Admit it, you enjoyed looking at baby pictures and didn't even miss me.
I planted a garden this year like I do almost every year. My springtime enthusiasm always seems to get me into summer trouble. I filled the plot with plants. I even put some pumpkins outside the fence.
We had a dry June, so I never got enough grass clippings gathered to mulch the walkways. I wasn't home most of July, and now the weeds have the upper hand. Between weeds, a vining blackberry bush, and too many squash bushes, my garden plot is a veritable jungle.
I always think I'm going to simplify or downsize my yard work, but I tend to let my enthusiasm run wild, not counting the real time and effort involved.
I'm a "yes" person. If someone asks me to do something, I try to make a way to fit it in. So, I find myself often overloaded in this life, taking on more projects for family, church, women's missions, my job, personal hobbies, and so on than I can easily manage. And on a day like today, I sit back and lament about being caught up in the American epidemic of busyness. Why do we do this to ourselves?
Could that be why many tourists and readers are fascinated by the Amish way of life? It appears to be a slower, more simplistic lifestyle. A drive through their quiet farm country can help a modern Englisher stop and catch her breath. (I'm contemplating a drive through Holmes County tomorrow.) I'm sure, though, that even the Amish have things that add stress to their days.
Has your life been infected by the plague of busyness? Let me tell you, Satan loves to keep us so busy working for good things like family and church that our spiritual lives dry up. Can we take the challenge to work on simplifying our lifestyles and saying "no" to those things that, even though good and worthy, only steal life from our spirit? Can we stop the rat race that leads us to dead ends and farther from our Father God?
I welcome any tips for simplifying life that anyone has.
Editor Du Jour Becky