In my efforts to look up these days, something caught my eye today as I walked by this church steeple. Do you see it?
Looks like they’ve been growing for a while. Probably hasn’t caught too many people’s eyes…yet. It is on the other side from the road view. And the roofline of the building behind them also keeps them hidden. Do you see them?
My first question was a pretty obvious one: How in the world are those weeds growing there? Something like 30 feet off the ground, on a dirtless structure. Weird.
My next question was more reflective: How many steeples have weeds growing in their shadow that aren’t being addressed? In this case, I’m thinking about all kinds of things.
- Accountability of leadership
- Protection for members
- Factions forming over nonspiritual concerns
- Workaholic pastors
- Financial mismanagement
- Emotional imbalances
Of course, this thought could be asked about all social units, corporations, and communities.
Weeds aren’t hard to identify or address. This requires two basic routines: observant eyes and willing hands.
Observant eyes are aware that weeds grow and aren’t surprised when they see them. Without willing hands to address the weeds, the weeds keep growing, they go unaddressed. Willing hands define those who know that the weeds must be addressed and aren’t afraid to do so, the sooner the better.
Which are you, the observant eyes or the willing hands?
What’s being done about the weeds in the shadows in your family, in your city, in your business, in your church, in your own heart?