Last summer, I had the privilege of working on a local farm every other week. I would get up at 7:00 A.M. every Friday, (well almost every Friday) eat a quick breakfast, fill my water bottles, and head out to the farm. Once we got there, we would have to walk a while to get to the fields we were to be working. Some days we would hoe, other days we would set up stakes for tomato plants, some times we would harvest the vegetables that had been grown, and one day we spent all our time trimming garlic cloves. There were a number of things that we did, but the one thing that we were almost certain we would be doing was weeding.
The main reason weeds are weeded is that they don’t give you anything. Weeds don’t grow tomatoes, corn, or squash. All they do is steal the other plants’ nutrients, and give you nothing but pesky stickers in return. Ouch! That’s why you never hear of anyone planting weeds at a farm.
Ultimately, a weed is any plant that the farmer does not want.
Thoughts are like baby plants. If we nurture them, they will grow. If they grow, they will bear fruit. Thoughts grow into actions. And actions have consequences. So if we can get rid of the wrong thoughts before they grow, maybe we won’t end up in so much trouble.
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life. -Proverbs 4:23
But the problem is, we don’t know which thoughts are good, and which are weeds. That’s why we keep on getting in trouble for the same exact thing, over, and over, and over again. So how do we determine what is a weed and what is not?
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. -Philippians 4:8
Anything that does not line up with these 7 criteria, is a weed. So when you start thinking those weed thoughts, don’t let them get any further. Weed them out!