My Green Patch…of Weeds

green patch

 

My dad had a green thumb…not sure what color mine is, but it ain’t green.

 

I’ve been watering this patch of green for nearly a month…each morning and evening. The result: some grass, several dirt patches, and lots of random weeds.

 

My so-named professional (as in: he gets paid) told me he dug up the area, put down good loam, lots of seed, and necessary fertilizer.  All I had to do was add water.

 

So every day I have faithfully watered and waited; watered and waited…until my eyes were finally enlightened: “wait a minute, where’s the grass?!”

 

Too many times in life we think we have all the right ingredients for success…in family, business, church, ministry and in our personal life. But weeks, months, even years later we wake up and realize “there are more weeds here than grass”!

 

Any part of your life look like this weedy patch today? And you probably think everyone else has nothing but nice thick turf, right? Yup, everyone else looks well groomed, successful, and at the top of their game…and you got weeds.

 

Well, friend, be comforted today by the reality that life…all of life…has its green grass, it’s brown patches, and lots of weeds. How you handle them is what matters most.

 

After realizing I was growing more weeds than grass I had a choice: keep watering “as is” or make some changes. My options: do some weeding, add some additional seed and fertilizer, cover the ground from getting too much bright sun, keep watering, remain patient, and wait for the new growth to occur.

 

What can you do about your weeds today? Prayerfully consider a readjustment of heart, soul, mind and/or strength…the weeds don’t have to last forever. Feed the areas of your life that are good for your soul – read the Word, pray, reflect, enjoy creation, spend time with friends. Weed the areas that need to be removed – remove attitudes and actions that keep you from loving and trusting God. Till the areas that need renewal – consider fresh starts, returning to practices and people that once were life-givers but have recently been neglected.

 

Your life with God can indeed become less weedy and patchy, if you make the right choices for the sake of the abundance of your soul today.

 

Behold the Maker of heaven and earth…believe that an abundant life is God’s desire for your patchy and weedy areas…belong to those who daily till the soil of the soul…become vibrant in growth for the glory of your Maker.

 

 

 

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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

The Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Macchia is founder and president of Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI), a ministry serving the spiritual formation, discernment, and renewal of leaders and learners since 2003. For more than 20 years he has been the Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Ministry Program. From 1989-2003 he was the president of Vision New England, the largest regional church renewal association in the country. Earlier in his ministry life, Steve was a member of the pastoral staff of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts for 11 years. He is the author or co-author of 17 books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective), and Crafting a Rule of Life, Becoming A Healthy Church (LTI), and Broken and Whole (IVP).  He and his wife Ruth live in the Boston (MA) area and are the proud parents of two married children and grandparents to three adorable grandchildren. Steve’s personal website is www.SteveMacchia.com.

My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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Mitzi Mak

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Mitzi started her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband Jerry then served cross-culturally for ten+ years, living abroad first in India and then Kurdistan, N. Iraq. In addition to being a Spiritual Director, she now serves as a Formation and Care pastor in her local church in Houston, TX. She has graduated from LTI’s Selah Spiritual Direction training as well as LTI’s Emmaus Formational Leadership Program.

Mitzi enjoys engaging conversation, reading fiction, doing jigsaw/crossword puzzles, ocean gazing and exploring the world with Jerry through food and travel.

God has two main callings in Mitzi’s life: to care for those who care for others and to be a guide in helping others have a healthy relationship with the Trinity – recognizing God’s loving presence and activity in their lives and how to faithfully respond.

Selah was a transformative experience for me – allowing the contemplative within to emerge and to beautifully co-exist with my extraverted personality.