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Time for taxes and gardening


Two things are on my mind a lot this time of the year: What do I want to plant and tax time. I’ve heard several people talking about taxes and decided to get my information to the person I use. I was not expecting to see the parking lot almost full when I arrived but people were leaving too. When I arrived back home I was looking through some papers and found this little bit of wit or wisdom from Will Rogers: “The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you have made out a tax form on the level, you don’t know when it’s through if you are a crook or a martyr.” Sometimes that can be a fine line between the two. Some rejoice and some moan, happens every year about the same time. And the Bible says we should pay our taxes.

People are talking about what they’ve already planted and how well the plants are doing. I’m thinking about keeping the weeds mowed so they won’t hide all the bluebonnets. It’s close to that time of year also. If it will just rain at the right time there will be pretty patches of blue everywhere. By then I hope to have a few things growing in containers, my style of gardening. Sure don’t get a backache from hoeing weeds. I remember a few times my folks had a large garden. I was in grade school. I didn’t realize then how much work went into growing all that good food mom cooked and canned.

I’ve learned gardens aren’t the only place we can plant seeds. A lot of things also grow in hearts and minds. Seeds of joy, peace, patience, kindness; just these can make a lovely display to enjoy. But we need to tend these things that grow just like a garden. Weeds creep in unnoticed at first and will take root quickly and they spoil the view when they’re allowed to grow.

I have to admit that I do spend some time pulling out weeds and sometimes it requires me to ask the Lord to search my heart and see what doesn’t belong there. It’s a process, the important part is being willing to admit what was planted wasn’t the only choice. It’s very rare that we don’t have a choice. Wouldn’t we all rather laugh than cry? Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Sure cuts down on the time spent in the dirt. Which are you growing?

Have a great week and give God the glory!

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