I realized earlier than usual this year that my yard was looking really rough.
Miles of monkey grass needing to be cut back, more bare spots than grass in many places, beds full of weeds, shrubs in need of trimming, dead stuff that needed to be removed, leaves that seemed to never stop falling, and holes all over the backyard courtesy of my three dogs who every winter decide to dig like crazy.
I walked around my yard back in February barely able to take in all the work that lay ahead of me. To say that I was overwhelmed would be an understatement, and self-doubt wasn’t far behind. Should I have stayed in the house? Is it too much for me? Will I be able to maintain all this on my own? Can I realistically do this without hiring some help?
In the midst of this pity party, I ran across Colossians 3:2. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. What a wonderful reminder about what’s really important.
So while I toil away in my yard this spring–and if I possibly can I will be hiring someone to help me with a few tasks that I simply don’t have the strength for–I will tell myself to just look up. When the work seems endless and I feel discouraged, I will look up. When I can’t do all I want in my yard because I have to consider my budget and my physical limitations, I will look up.
I will remind myself how fortunate I am that I could stay in this house with this big yard that requires so much work. I will remember how blessed I was to be able to have my trees trimmed back in October.
I even had one tree that was too close to the house removed completely.
I’ll remember how I was able to replace my horribly rotten fence last August and with a taller one to help block out the crazy traffic right behind my house.
Most importantly, I won’t forget how God gave me the courage to improve my life by choosing a path that I never thought I’d have the strength to travel.
I’ll figure out ways to reduce my work load with my yard. I’ve already reduced the size of this flower bed twice now.
I will dig up the wild roses on this arch because they are too much trouble to keep in check, barely bloom anyway, and I have memories associated with them I can do without.
I get a lot of enjoyment from my house and yard in spite of all the work they require, but like all earthly things, they are just temporary. Just looking up helps me to remember that.