A few weeks ago Neil Wheeler gave me a note he had written as the result of our discussion in a Bible class. The note said, we should “Be careful of the dirt you rake up, you never know what nasty things might take root.” We both laughed because the lesson was about tale-bearing and gossip. And the truth is the things we dig up often take root. Often times, weeds grow in my garden because I till deep enough to bring the seeds to the top and they take root. Sometimes life is like that, especially when we dig in other people’s “garden.” And that is why we need to mind our own business and not pry into the affairs of others.

Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica, “But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another…that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you” (1 Thessalonians 4:9,11).

Pull the weeds from your own garden…there is enough dirt for each one.

Alton Norman
Owingsville, KY

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