Years ago, Mom walked by a crochety old lady in a wheelchair and I overheard her say, “If I ever start acting like that–shoot me!” We didn’t shoot her. She died a ripe old age of 95 of natural causes. Sometimes we say things we don’t mean. Before I was old I came across a great book title: Growing Something Besides Old.
I laughed out loud. I wasn’t on the old-train yet, but I knew it was due any minute.
We’re all growing old. (Sorry to douse your flame-of-youth.)
Will we grow:
We’re all growing older, but what else besides older? Growing something besides old makes me think of my refrigerator–growing something besides mold. Back shelf discoveries can be deadly.
Mold grows without my help. Just leave the leftovers alone. Time + moisture + inattention = mold.
I don’t need to force it, cater to it or nurture it. It just appears. What’s up with that?
Like gardening. If you leave gardening alone, what will grow without any help?
During the remodel, we didn’t touch the yard. During the drought I barely considered the yard. Yet, weeds flourished. Like these.
All without help. I never fed them, watered them, noticed them. I didn’t even invite them. Like mold, weeds flourish with inattention. (Maddening.)
It’s the same spiritually. If we don’t do a thing about growing, we will grow something – but it won’t be what we want. The Christian life is not static – we move one way or the other. (Maddening.)
I call it inattention. Tozer called it complacency:
Complacency is the deadly foe of all spiritual growth. A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
Satan’s trick is to dull my desire and distract my attention.
I want to grow up in Jesus, not grow mold or weeds. Whatever age, ladies, it’s time to grow up.
No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. Ephesians 4:14 Message
What does it take to keep the weeds cleared and the mold cleansed?
Sweat for the weeds and bleach for the mold.
What does it take to make me more like Jesus?
Desire and attention to the things that matter to Him: people and His Word. He will take care of the rest.
This train is not slowing down. Lots to be done. Growing old? Yes. Growing more like Jesus? I need to fight the deadly foe.
I need to pay attention.
What helps you pay attention and keep this mighty longing after God? It’s Monday. Get your gloves–they can be pretty gloves.
Time to pull weeds and get out the Ajax.
A worthy weed-puller is Tozer’s The Pursuit of God. Time for a re-read.
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