“See, all of those weeds and ugly plants are growing over the nicer ones. Can we just rip them out?” my wife asked. “Yes, we can, but the weeds will continue to come back. they require constant maintenance.” I replied. “Well, we need to do what we need to do then,” she replied. “Agreed,” I said.
Shortly after, I got into the garden area and started to “clean house,” as they say. However, the closer I looked, the more apparent it became the problem was much more pervasive. In addition to the individual rogue weeds, there were also thorny many weeds growing underneath the useful plants. This issue required I pull each one out individually. It took me a few hours to clear the entire area.
When I finished, there stood two 55-gallon contract bags stuffed to the brim, barely able to close. What’s more, the bags weighed a ton. Although individually each weed looked light and frail, when I stuffed them all in the bags, they were cumbersome and heavy to carry. Next I hauled them over to the back of my truck and headed over to the recycling center to dispose of them.
When I returned from my trip, I surveyed the area and was greatly satisfied with the work. Most importantly, my wife was delighted. However, all my efforts were short-lived, as a couple of weeks later, the weeds started coming back. This time though, I didn’t wait as long as last time and started pulling them before it became overwhelming.
This story reminds me of how the thorns and weeds of life can quickly overtake our spiritual life. When were’ not careful, the pleasures, worries, and riches of this world will take precedence over our time with God.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com