Tend the Garden

A wonderful, thought-provoking story. Sometimes we dismiss people because they seem hopeless. Maybe they’re caught up with the wrong crowd, or they’re misbehaving in some way. Maybe their deeds have led to some disastrous situations. But if no one takes the time to reach out to them, what gift will we be missing? Perhaps they are meant to impact others’ lives one day. Although Stuart M. Perkins’ story may not be about Christ, I couldn’t help but think about our Savior’s desire to seek out the lost and bring them into His fold. Is this not what we are to do too?

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A longtime friend commented during dinner that her next door neighbor’s son was on the path to nowhere and constantly in trouble. She thought herself clever referring to him as “a weed in the garden of life”. Although an avid fan of barbed words and wit, I found her comment harsh directed at a kid who was barely a teenager. He was dismissed and labeled as worthless. A weed.

“But maybe he’s a pokeweed!” I said in a positive tone.

She rolled her eyes. I recognized the look of resignation on her face. The look many of my friends have when I spit out a puzzling one-liner and they know a story is coming. She sipped her drink and grinned, arms crossed in silent permission for me to proceed.

Years ago I had a yard packed with plants. It was full of boxwoods, azaleas, and geraniums surrounding a dogwood centerpiece…

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