This is the time of year where the plants in our gardens can undergo a burst of growth. In amongst the growth we delight in, there are pockets and sometimes even blooms of weeds. If left unattended, these weeds can over-run even the best-prepared garden. Our lives can be similar to the gardens. When surrounded by abundance, we can often see different weeds spring forth. Left unattended they can screen those things that are of most value in our lives. Just as it is important to weed our garden to keep it healthy, there are times where we also need to do some personal weeding in our lives.
As a young person, I remember helping the family remove weeds from watercourses and I required guidance to identify the weeds among the good grasses and plants. In our lives we also need to grow in our discernment of what is to be nurtured and what should be weeded out. Identifying those things we see as providing real meaning for us in life can help us to make wise choices. God, as our guide who walks with us, continually supports us to grow to greater understanding and discernment.