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Yard of the Month


My yard has not been mowed for three weeks. So you can imagine that it was beginning to look like a bit of a jungle. I was a little afraid of what I might find lurking in the grass as I mowed. But I was brave and got out there anyway.

My yard has many trees, and bushes in it. I love them because in the spring and summer they make the yard look so picturesque. It almost feels like we have our own little bit of the country right here in the city. Bearing all that in mind, at the same time, they drive me crazy when I’m trying to mow around them. I have never been one to try to make the yard look perfect. But I have tried to have some pride in how it looks when it’s done. Unfortunately due to the fact that it’s a pretty good sized yard, it takes me at least two hours to push the front and back. And when I start getting tired, I forget about caring how perfect the yard looks. Especially when I’m mowing around the trees and bushes. Then it all just goes by the wayside. Today, as I was finishing up in the front yard, I was thinking that I must be a comical sight when I mow. My neighbors are probably shaking their heads and tisk tisking me. But really, what do I care what my neighbors think? I mean am I really trying to win the Yard of the Month prize? That won’t be happening any time soon! And honestly, I’m ok with that! No, I’m more than ok with that. Why? Because this day is temporary. This yard is temporary. This house is temporary. And this life is fleeting. So do I really want to spend all my time and energy pleasing people that might not even know my name? No way!

So who am I trying to please? The short and simple answer is God. Because I will spend forever with Him…. and here on earth I might only spend about 80 years or so. Maybe even less. So whatever amount of time I have, I want to live in a way that I know will honor God. Because He loved me enough to send His son to die on the cross and take my sins upon himself. Because I didn’t deserve it, and never will, but He did it anyway.

Hebrews 12:1&2 say, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

God, in everything I do, including mowing my yard, let me do it for your glory, and not because I care about what other people will think of me! AMEN!


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