Day #52: How Are We Doing So Far?

And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.

Luke 8:14, RSV


Perhaps of all the situations Jesus describes in the parable of the sower, the circumstance of the seed sown among the weeds may be the one we relate to best, for we all struggle with various aspects of our lives choking out the good seed.


Just think about the past twelve months: From a pandemic that has changed the way people live and work and go to school, to an election where our politicians may have achieved their ultimate goal of separating the masses in order to better control them, to a week of weather so cold that it paralyzed about 2/3rds of the United States. Add to that the everyday distractions that we always deal with, and we can end up with a lot of weeds growing in our hearts, if we are not careful.


The reason Jesus used such parables as the one we find in Luke 8, was to get us to think about what we are doing here and where we are going. Too many people go through days, weeks, and even longer without a single serious thought as to their eternal destination. They are, indeed, choked out by the cares and pleasures of this life, and by doing so, they are keeping the Word of God from being productive.


How about you? How are you doing so far?


Today's reading is from Luke chapter 8. It tells us what we can do to avoid being unproductive in our service to God.