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Everyone has a favorite flower; some diehard gardeners have several. But whether you have a simple row of tulips or an elaborate sculptured garden of perenniels, one thing is the same: you've got to pull weeds or you won't have any flowers at all.
If you want a beautiful garden, you've got to be diligent about eradicating those pesky weeds. You can go away for a long weekend, but those "unwanteds" in your garden aren't going to take a vacation.
In 1 Timothy 6:10, it says, "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." Like those weeds, if we aren't diligent about keeping money "in its place," those roots take hold and are mighty hard to pull. Then it gets easier and easier to let things go, because it takes so much work to keep priorities in check.
To keep our lives in full bloom, we must not give money the power to seduce and oppress us, taking our focus away from God. So no matter if it's sunny or raining in our lives, let's keep the soil free from temptation by yanking those weeds at the first sight of them.
Louie Abel is pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chiefland.