There should be a bumper sticker: "Weeds happen". It doesn't matter that we've pulled all the weeds out of our garden. Within several days more have been recruited from an endless supply of willing volunteers to take their place. I think some kind of mischievous elf comes during the night and plants weed seeds. Of course, if we didn't stay after them, they'd be more than happy to makeover our garden in their image. It takes tending to maintain the attractiveness and order we want. This morning I was struck with the similarity to tending our hearts. Sometimes we have to do the hard work of pulling out "weed thoughts" and attitudes by the roots so that healthy thoughts can flourish. It occurs that, if we take time to deal with the weeds, we also will be more likely to water the flowers...after all, we're already out there working in the garden...
Proverbs 4:23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.