For perhaps the sixth week in a row, I mowed my lawn this morning. For perhaps the next six weeks, I will maintain the same routine. If I skip a week or two from late April – late July, the grass quickly takes over. If I don’t keep the grass short, I quickly fall behind and never catch up. I might as put the lawn mower away and lease a herd of goats.
This seems to be the same idea that Solomon expressed in Proverbs 24:30-34 (ESV).
30 I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, 31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. 32 Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 34 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
The same can be said for the state of my life. If I become lazy about dealing with a bad habit, it can quickly sink its roots in my life and begin to bloom. If I avoid confessing my sins, I can soon have a heart full of weeds and the rationalization for allowing them to blossom. If I neglect the sins and habits long enough, before long they become a vine that can force its way through a rock wall.
I am much better off when I deal with the weeds in my life the moment I notice them. They are much easier to remove when the roots are smaller rather than when they become a thorny bush.