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Cutting the Grass
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We are now in the heart of summer and any plant that loves full sunshine and water is growing at peak efficiency. What is good news for plants is bad news for my crippled limbs that have to make the weekly expedition to mow the grass.

This weekly chore would not be so strenuous if it wasn't for the fact that I am only one of four people in the whole country that still owns and operates a push mower. That's right a push mower. When it comes to mowing grass I am definitely old school. Despite the fact that my daughter calls me "Amish" I still enjoy the look and cut of a reel mower on real grass.

Now two of my lawns are under shade trees where the grass grows much slower and thinner than normal. This grass is never difficult to mow even if I skip a few days. However, the one lawn that is under full sun all day is an entirely different story. Let this section of grass grow for more than a week and you are in "reel" trouble.

Well about three weeks ago I was struggling through the process of cutting this heavy grass and decided to leave a small section by the side of the house until the following week. When I went out the next week to mow I was quite surprised that this supposedly easy section at been transformed into an almost impossible thicket of grass. Having not the time or resolution to deal with it I elected not to mow the section again.

Procrastination's Price

Yesterday I knew I would have to face the music and needless to say I had a real jungle on my hands. It took several passes with the weed wacker and the mower to finally get it trimmed down to size.

My lawn has taught me a lesson. A little delay, a little procrastination can turn a small chore into a bigger problem. The grass that can be easily cut today can be impossible to cut tomorrow.

Is there any grass in your life that needs to be cut? Perhaps you have been either too busy or too fearful to face a certain challenge in your life. I would encourage you to get both your faith and mower out of the garage. Spend the time and exercise the faith to deal with that challenge. By trusting God's grace and strength you can manage your life and you will sing like the Psalmist, "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song" (Psalms 28:7).

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