Our home was the last one built in an older, established neighborhood. The homes around us had yards with large trees, beautiful grass, and manicured flowerbeds. Then there was our yard. Once the construction debris was removed it resembled something like a lunar landscape.
We hired a company to spray a mixture of seed and fertilizer on the soil. They promised a lush, green yard in a month. However, a rain storm washed most of the seed into a pond at the end of the street. As a result the yard had little islands of grass among a sea of weeds.
Of course the weeds grew more quickly than the grass, and soon the yard began to resemble the terrain of a war-torn country. So I pulled out the lawnmower and put it on its lowest setting and mowed the lawn. When I was finished I stepped back and made a wonderful discovery. My lawn looked great. It was green and beautiful. The imperfections were still present but less prominent. Why? Because when you keep it low the weeds don’t show.
What is true of lawns is true of life. Pride acts like a megaphone amplifying our flaws until they create a war-torn landscape of relationships. In contrast, when we live humbly our flaws don’t show nearly as much. Humility is the salve that removes many blemishes to reveal the beauty beneath. Try keeping it low so your weeds won’t show.
Don’t be quick to boast about what you know, what you have, or who you are. Have a teachable spirit and don’t be afraid to say, “I didn’t know that.” Try giving generously without anyone else knowing. Try serving someone who really needs the help. Brag about what someone is doing or how much they mean to you. Give God the credit when good things come your way. Stay low and God promises you will be beautiful.
Whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Mat. 18:4).
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Pet. 5:5).
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).
“Thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit”” (Isa. 57:15).
The freshly mowed lawn is beautiful for a reason. When you keep it low the weeds don’t show.
“Let all that you do be done with love” (1 Cor. 16:14)