As a kid, the chore I hated the most was pulling weeds. It didn’t matter how much I was going to get paid or how often my step-dad yelled at me to do it, I just couldn’t pull weeds with any type of enthusiasm. And to this day, nothing has really changed. The thought of trouncing into my jungle-like backyard and bending my body into positions befitting of a young Russian Gymnast does not appeal to me at all! The lower back, the shoulders, and the hamstrings…oh, the hamstrings! If you think about it, our sin can be just like a growing weed. If we do not tend to it and kill it off right away with some “Spiritual Round-Up” (repentance prayer), that sin can eventually run wild and become so overgrown that we will not be able to handle it. Instead of us being its master, it can become ours, and every beautiful flower that God has cultivated within us will be overshadowed by this big, ugly, prickly thing. But through the power and grace of God, there is no weed in our lives that can’t be dealt with and uprooted. If you find yourself succumbing to a particular sin that is beginning to dominate your yard, join me in prayer:

Father, I come before you and confess and repent from my sin of _______________.

I apologize for not exercising self-control and for allowing my sin of _______________ to overtake me when I should of allowed your Spirit to lead me on a righteous path. I thank you for the promises of 1 John 1:9 which tells me that “When I confess my sin, that you are faithful and just to forgive me of my sin, and to purify me from all unrighteousness.”  Father, I accept your forgiveness based on your word. If you say I am forgiven, then I believe that I am forgiven. Please give me the strength to step away from any situation or relationship that would cause me to sin and be separated from you. Amen!

If you have found yourself in a place where your weeds have become unmanageable and you need support, I invite you to come and be cared for at Celebrate Recovery. The CR family gathers each Tuesday night in the South View Room of the Worship and Performing Arts Center (7:00 pm). There you will find people walking alongside people, helping each other to tend their gardens. No judgement, strict confidentiality, and gardening tools that are second to none.