Spiritual Lessons from Mowing

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? ESV Luke 16:10-12

I spent the lasts hour and a half bouncing around on my mower. Overall, it’s quite relaxing…wish I could do it more. However, my boys (and even now my oldest daughter) generally do the mowing. This frees me to keep up with other stuff, but I still like the opportunity to mow on occasion. As I mowed, God brought the verses above to mind and impressed upon me that mowing is actually spiritual formation.

Everything we have God has simply loaned to us. None of it belongs to us. Instead, God has given us little things (like four acres of grass to cut, a pool to maintain, patio furniture to repaint and repair) to see how well we handle them. If we are faithful in how we maintain these things, God can entrust to us much more. While this “much more” may be greater assets in this life, most likely it refers to eternal rewards. All that we maintain now appears to be “dishonest wealth” that will one day be replaced with “the true riches” based on our management here on earth.

All that being said, how well do you maintain your yard? Do you consider lawn care to be a part of your spiritual formation? Could it be that if you don’t maintain your yard, God realizes He can’t entrust you with anything greater? For those of us who love mowing, this makes life great! For others it will be a challenge. The greatest takeaway that we will unpack in the Fridays ahead involves the importance of managing what we have to the best of our abilities. This includes maintaining and investing everything God has given us. You may not feel rich, but by taking the absolute best care of what you have, you are managing another man’s (God’s) and preparing to receive your own in the future. Maybe mowing is a truly spiritual endeavor!

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