“A man’s mind is like a garden,” wrote Dee Bowman in That’s Life.
“The soil, the seed for sowing, and the seasons have been provided by a gracious and benevolent Creator,” Dee Observed. “But the man must plant the seed, nourish it, cultivate it, and weed it. It’s hard work to care for a good garden. Even then when the harvest comes, a man has no right to say,” Look what I did!”
Dee’s right. I remember as a kid growing up in central Indiana working in the garden. Especially, when I was instructed to get a hoe and rid the garden of weeds. That’s no fun on a hot, summer day. But it is needful.
So, it is with the mind. There are so many intrusions through sights, sounds, media, people, and even highway billboards that potentially can plant a seed that’s not beneficial to growth. It quickly reveals itself to be a destructive weed that will choke out the crop produced the seed of God’s Word.
I suppose that’s why we read so many admonitions to mediate on the Word (Ps 119;). To guard the soil of the heart (Prov 4:23). To give attention to reading and studying Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16-17) To think on the things that are true, noble just, pure, lovely, admirable, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Phil.4:8).
Worship, when engaged in with the right attitude and according to Truth, will also plant seeds that will produce goodness and godliness. A 45 minutes Bible Class and an hour invested in a period of praise, prayer, and gospel preaching can do wonders for our mental garden.
Today, and every day, keep on planting good seed. Don’t neglect to hoe out the weeds. And when the harvest time comes, give God the glory.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman