• Elaina Simpson, C.S.

Your Own Garden

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

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Dad! I'm doing this!

I remember when I was a kid, complaining to my dad about what my sister was doing: “DAAADDDD! She’s doing this!” Whenever the tattling occured, my dad would quietly respond with, “Let’s all worry about our own garden!”

He knew that  when it was tempting to be distracted by others, I could focus on my own thoughts and actions.

This lesson permeates through the pages of the Bible. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” . . . “Judge not, that ye be not judged” . . .  “ . . . first cast out the beam out of thine own eye,” and so on.

Over the years, I've had some pretty strong opinions about what was best for family members to do or not do with the decisions in their lives.  And too often, I've been wrong.  From these experiences, I have learned  not to fixate on what others are doing, but to keep thought above the distraction by staying close to God through prayer.

Prayer isn’t doing nothing, but doing the best thing . As we  give things over to God, in essence, we are allowing God’s wisdom and impeccable control to be witnessed. God’s children are spiritual and reflect God’s self-government.  Therefore, even when it seems as though there is a lot at stake, we can trust that every situation is already in God’s hands. God knows what He is doing.

When we tend to our own garden, we find freedom from the bondage of human opinion -- our own or anothers.’ This is  when we find healing. Now, I hope I can say, “DAAADDDD! I’m doing this! I’m trusting God, more and more.”

Exodus 20:3

Matt. 7:1

Matt. 7:5