This evening my youngest and I were driving down our lane and most of the neighbors were on their lawn mowers neatly manicuring their lawns. This sparked a meaningful conversation. She started with the statement “All of our neighbors have yards like a country club.” My husband and I do our best with the 5 acres we have to manage, but we feel accomplished if we are able to keep our weeds mowed once a week. I reminded her that most of our neighbors have already raised their children so they have more time and maybe more finances to invest into their lawns. Then I told her how I would like a perfect magazine cover worthy yard, but what good would that really do? Grass and weeds will keep growing. Yard work is never ending like laundry. It is never really done. What our priority is right now is raising our two awesome kids. She asked “We are awesome?” “The most awesomeness!!” I replied. I went on to explain that the yard work will always be there, but that the time we have to invest in helping them to grow into amazing adults is very short. These sweet conversations are priceless as is the time with our awesome kids!!!
Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”
Proverbs 27:23-24 “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.” Of course there is a bit different context here, but can be applied to investing into our children instead of material things. We can’t take our yard to heaven, but we can lead our children to Jesus who is the only way to heaven.