In the joy of seeing new blossoms and green grass after a long winter, I made an unpleasant discovery—weeds threaten much of the emerging beauty.

These enemies rob tiny plants of much-needed nutrition and cramp their growing space. Unwelcome varieties of grassy weeds intertwine with established root systems and threaten the grass seeking freedom from its dormant state.

I realized I must take immediate action so I put on my gloves and got busy; indentifying unwanted elements and removing them, root and all. This system is long and sometimes painful (hello back and leg muscles!) yet there is a satisfaction in the work.

With each separate removal I am enabling growth for the plants and grassy spaces.

The tiny weeds are easiest to remove because the root comes up with little effort. There are many that have grown unnoticed and their roots have become established below ground.

Above ground isn’t much better. The grasses in particular have grown so full they actually meld with the desired, healthy lawn grass. In fact, as I twist and pull I find that I remove a certain bit of healthy grass with the undesired residents.

A light bulb moment occurs while I grasp weeds in a mindless, repetitive manner.

How often do I allow weeds to grow in the garden of my life? Weeds like envy, unforgiveness, and hate.

When (if) I pay attention I can pull the small weeds quickly, before they have time to root and create emotional and spiritual chaos.

Even a small amount of envy about the material things someone else has can have a negative effect. Maybe I envy someone’s peace of mind when mine is in turmoil.

I need to root out the weed of envy and plant a seed of contentment.

I like to think I am a forgiving person, but have I truly worked through my internal friction towards someone who hurt me long ago?

The weed of unforgiveness must be yanked from my heart and forgiveness planted in its place.

What about hate? Does this word reside in my mind about anyone or anything? I am not called to hate but to love.

A refresh of my thoughts is often needed to keep my mind growing in love.

What began as a labor for nature in my yard became inspiration for removing weeds from the grass of my life—mind, heart, soul. Not only is my life in need of weeding but I must also remember to replace the weeds with worthy occupants like contentment, forgiveness, and love.

(What are some other areas of our lives that need weeding? What do we need to plant that will grow and nurture a thriving life?)