The Constant Gardener: Why You Need to Separate the Weeds From the Flowers in Life by Kristan Wager
A few years ago, I read John Le Carre's The Constant Gardener. I love a great spy book, but what caught me is the title.
Because of life and travel I am not often a “constant gardener” but a “sporadic gardener.” Once the beds are in and mulched I walk away and suddenly I am faced with days of weeding instead of the minutes each day of constant effort. This year I have resolved to be the “constant gardener” and I am in the garden most days, picking flowers, weeding a little here and there and as a reward, my garden is lovely and almost weed free.
Almost. See, last year, bindweed crept in during my sporadic phase. Otherwise known as mock morning glory, it looks lovely on a fence. It is death to a garden as it twines around and smothers everything. Life problems are the bindweed of life. They often come looking pretty and the destruction is disguised. Addiction, temptation, frustration and more usually are a temporary distraction and without constant weeding of our lives, we do not see their roots weaving insidiously in the garden.
A constant gardener treats life with prayer, self-examination and daily care. Weeds are pulled early and often, even pretty ones.
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