A Neglected Garden: Wanting to reap the benefits without putting in the work.

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No doubt that this is not the first time someone has written about their garden and the metaphors of weeds growing in your garden. This is something that I’ve actively tried to avoid writing about for this very reason, but the Lord has something in mind for me and my readers of this post. I’m not sure what, but I will write what is on my heart to see what is to be revealed.

When I go into my backyard nowadays, I see my overgrown garden. One that is filled with weeds and overgrown plants, including cucumbers that have turned yellow and other visible indications of unhealthy plants.

Before my garden got to this point, a few months back I first thoughtfully and excitedly planned what I would plant and where I would plant it. I remember going to the store and picking out the plants and then coming home to plant them. While I was planting them I visualized all of the great crops my plants would produce and all of the fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables I would have. I pictured abundance and lots of it!

Maybe gardening isn’t your thing, we do this in other areas of our lives too. For example, you decide you want to “get healthy” and exercise more. So you get all new gym clothes, and as you are shopping you may even be thinking how these new clothes are going to make you look and feel.

So for a little while I kept up with my garden. I tended to it by pruning it, watering it and using fertilizer and insect repellent to ensure that I would have the healthiest plants.

For a little while your new gym clothes help you to motivate you to eat healthy and exercise more. Things are going good, until all of a sudden the “excitement of expectation” has worn off and you are left to do the hard work of either gardening or dieting or exercising.

 The soul of the lazy person has strong desires but gets nothing, but the soul of the one who does his best gets more than he needs. Proverbs 13:4

Does this sound familiar? We tend to give up once the novelty is gone and the excitement has worn off. We still want those rewards but we no longer want to put in the time and effort it takes to achieve those results.

I decided one day that I didn’t need to water or tend to the garden. Then I decided the same thing the next day, and the next.Then I went on vacation and when I came back the plants were too high, the cucumbers needed picking and I needed to pluck the weeds from the garden.

It was going to be so much work, I had let it go too long and now it was going to be twice as much work, sheesh it was easier to throw in the towel than it would be to dig deeper and get dirty cleaning out my garden!

So what did I do? I did what many of us do, I just ignored it and pretended it wasn’t a problem and that it wasn’t there. I knew that I needed to tend to my garden, but I decided  I didn’t want to put that effort into it anymore.

We do that with out physical bodies.We do that with out spiritual bodies.

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. Proverbs 20:4

If we want to reap the benefits of the harvest, we must be willing to do the work.

We can’t will it to happen. We can’t pray for it to happen. It won’t happen overnight. We need to be intentional with our efforts.

I can’t enjoy bountiful produce from my garden without putting in the work. You can’t enjoy the benefits of a healthy body without putting in the work.

There is so much potential that awaits us. It is there for us to grasp, but more often than not we stop running the race because it is hard and because it isn’t producing results fast enough.

My sweet friends, it is there, there for us to take a hold of and claim.

The beautiful garden I want to have is within my reach.

The healthy body you desire is within your reach.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37

We can experience the plentiful harvest if we are willing to put in the work.

What is an area of your life that are you willing to start putting in the work to reap the harvest has He has waiting for you?



2 thoughts on “A Neglected Garden: Wanting to reap the benefits without putting in the work.”

  1. This describes me perfectly. I’ve done the same thing with a garden before but also most everything else in life. When the “excitement of expectation” wears off, the real work begins. I’m definitely working on it. I’m actually starting a new study in my Facebook group in August using the book, “5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz. I think that will be a big help.


  2. After reading “A Neglected Garden” something really stood out to me. We can experience plentiful harvest “IF” we are willing to put in the work.
    IF is such a short word but so much part of LIFE


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