"Unless we know the difference between flowers and weeds, we are not fit to take care of a garden. It is not enough to have truth planted in our minds. We must learn and labor to keep the ground clear of thorns and briars, follies and perversities, which have a wicked propensity to choke the word of life."
Clyde Francis Lytle
This quote arrived in my husband's email this morning and I have been pondering it all day. These words are not only true of our gardens but our spiritual lives. We must learn to be obedient to the Word as we clear away the rubbish of the world that clutters our paths. The Holy Spirit reminded me of words spoken by James:
Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.