A Beautiful Garden – A Beautiful Mind

It’s amazing how easily our thoughts wander away, as if they had a will of their own. I would compare them to the weeds in my garden.

Weeds don’t wait for an invitation to invade a garden, they just do. It takes efforts to remove them, either by physically pulling them out or using weed killer.

A beautiful garden needs careful planning, work, effort and continuous maintenance on the part of the gardener. Seeds must be chosen with care.

I am a novice when it comes to gardening. However, it has become clear that there are many similarities between nature and how to live our life. No wonder Jesus spoke in parables; stories using examples from nature to convey a spiritual truth or lifestyle lesson.

Believe it or not, it takes constant planning, time and effort on our part to cultivate a beautiful mind. The Bible gives us an insight to what type of thought to plant. In Philippians 4:8 we are encouraged to meditate on: things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, anything that has any virtue and that is praiseworthy.

Today I will make every effort to “ Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable” in God’s sight. Psalms 19:14

Secret to Success

Secret to success: except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and does, it cannot bring forth fruit.

Isn’t it amazing! One sunflower seed. Planted, buried. We usually bury what’s dead, except if it’s a seed. A seed is alive. It is buried alive.

This one sunflower seed produced a huge beautiful flower.

This flower, when harvested weighed 1.9 kgs.

It contained 250 grams of seeds.

I didn’t try to count how many seeds that was.

Applying this principle in our lives is a key to succeeding.

Our thoughts, emotions, anxieties, lack of self-belief, what other people think of us, stops us from letting go and achieving.

If I care too much about what others are thinking, I am focusing all my energy on not letting go. I am bound to underperform.

If I lack self-confidence, I am holding on to who I believe I am. I barely perform.

If I let go of my self-doubts and chose to follow my call, regardless of what others think, I am giving myself permission to die like that grain, so I can produce much fruit, so I can succeed.