What Grows in Your Garden?
Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton
Think for a moment that your life is a garden, and that your thoughts, words, actions and deeds were the seeds for that garden, what would you find growing in your garden? Would you find a bed of beautiful flowers or some tasty vegetables or would you find it barren or perhaps a garden of weeds?
Just like any garden we grow we control what grows in it by what seeds we plant. We can also control what our garden of life will grow by what we put into it through our thoughts, words, actions and deeds. Our garden of life can be barren or full of weeds and of no value to us, or it can be a garden of fresh vegetables that can be used to sustain ourselves and others.
How do we keep a garden that is bountiful? Well we are reminded in John 15:5, 8 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples”. We must remember it is of utmost importance to keep our life Christ centered if we want anything to grow.
In our garden of life if we do not have good spiritual soil (ourselves) we may find it difficult to grow the garden we desire. As we read in Matthew 13:20–21 “The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away”.
In order for our garden to grow we must be firmly and deeply rooted in God’s word so in times of trouble or persecution we will not fall away.