The Carnivorous Weed: Out of Control

DSCN1175 And, this is my weed. NO, not the illegal kind (I would hope you knew better), just the garden variety that took over the side of my house and is now killing my hydrangea.

A few weeks ago, I stood in front of this weed with my husband and said, "Nice plant."

A man of few words, he also stood looking at the plant and said, "I think it's a weed."

I agreed to this observation and we both went on our merry way, neither doing anything about it. The sad part is that I really loved that hydrangea and now this weed was sucking the life out of it simply because we didn't take the time to remove it.

Inspired to extract this weed after the morning's bible study on the sluggard, a well-discussed topic in Proverbs, I walked around and began to pull it out with my bare hands. Having little effect, I went to go get the little trowel. Between digging, smashing, banging, cutting and twisting, I managed to cut down the monster only to find a massive root ball. This plant had become a weed tree.

I had to go get the big shovel and even then I didn't get it all. NOTE: I was still in bare feet which made stepping down on the shovel kinda hard. (I am soooo prepared for these things – right tool for the job makes job much easier).

Lest you think I missed it, this massive weed tree is an excellent analogy to our lives when we have things we don't want to deal with and then they get out control, sucking the lives out of the people and things we do love. (I promise to make no references to blogging and my laundry pile or comparing blogging to a massive weed tree even though I think some comparisons would be valid.)

Actually, I wanted to compare it to budgeting and debt and how when we use our resources towards things that we don't need, the things that we first enjoyed and loved lose out. In 14 years of marriage, my husband and I always talked about instituting a cash spending plan. I HAVE maintained a beautiful paper budget. BUT, I will admit to you that I have not been a good money manager.

For the first time, we are going to really try a cash plan, where we subtract out everything we know we need to pay and take the rest out for our everyday expenses. When that money runs out, we have to stop spending. When we can save cash, we get to pay debt and do the fun things we just DID before. Our spending without strict accountability has resulted in a weed tree of debt with deep roots and if I want to have the flexibility to stay at home and find odd jobs to fill the gap, we have to be much more accountable to truly managing our resources as gifts from God and be good stewards of what He has given us.

The beauty of this lesson in my life is that a need has risen at the pregnancy center where I volunteer for a budgeting handout for the single mothers there. By going through this critical analysis myself, it has opened doors for writing a handout with another counselor that will hopefully help these young women get on the right track themselves. It is amazing how truly "all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord."

Now to go get the dynamite. That weed is NOT going to kill my hydrangea. Unfortunately, the roots are soo deep now, I am going to have keep a vigilant watch for new growth as I cut it back. Pretty much the same with my unnecessary spending too!

Comments

  1. Mary DeMuth says:

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  2. Another great analogy! Let us know if the dynamite works!

  3. I think I need to work on getting rid of some weeds too…both literally and figuratively! Thanks for making me reflect today.

  4. Wow! Thanks for that! I have a million weeds in my backyard also!!!! *figuratively*…

  5. Great post!

    That weed tree looks like it might be a butterfly bush. I have a different kind of weed tree. I have resorted to using “Roundup” on the stems instead of trying to pull it up anymore. The roots are just practically unstoppable.

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