Weeds in the Grass


For much of the 1990s, I managed a real estate and property management company. One of my duties was to help clients find rental homes.

One day an elderly woman called and asked me to help her find a small house she could rent and easily care for. She had just moved from Florida and her only other requirement was for the front yard to be filled with the beautiful yellow flowers so common in Pacific Northwest yards.

I was stumped. It was summer and the only yellow flower I could think of was the daffodil, but the woman insisted it wasn’t the right flower.

After really considering her request I realized what she was after: she wanted a yard full of dandelions. Dandelions are considered a pesky weed here in Oregon. They grow everywhere you don’t want them. They spread like a plague and then are very difficult to get rid of. She wanted a yard full of weeds and didn’t know it!

It seems that some people like weeds in the local church. We want the church pews to be full of well-dressed people each Sunday, we strive for the things that draw a crowd and keeps them happy.

  • Who cares about what’s Biblical – let’s shoot for the practical.
  • Who cares about what honors God – let’s please people.
  • Who cares about faithfulness and truth – let’s increase the numbers.
  • Who cares about hearing from God – let’s copy what other successful churches are doing.
  • Who cares about walking by faith – let’s devise a 5-year plan.
  • Who cares about spiritual food – there’s physically hungry people at hand.
  • Who cares about Christ – we have a crowd to keep happy and engaged.

We even tolerate weeds in our own spiritual lives, but that’s a topic for another day!

Dandelions sure look pretty to the uninformed, but to a native Oregonian they they will always be obnoxious weeds.

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went his way (Matthew 13:24-25).


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