Thought for The Day – Wednesday 16th March

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The Parable of the Weeds

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Matthew 13:24-30

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” is how the old saying goes. It’s a warning: don’t risk discarding something good in order to get rid of something bad. Protecting the baby is much more important than getting rid of the dirty bathwater!

It can be very frustrating when we can see a situation that isn’t perfect. It can be tempting to want to rush in and start changing things in order to make it better, thinking that we know best. But experience will tell you it is rarely that simple. And in our zeal to put the world to right, we can sometimes do more harm than good.

But that doesn’t mean we should give up on making the world a better place. Instead we need to have patience. Transformation is a long game that can require a lot of waiting. That can be frustrating, but the end result is worth the wait.

Prayer: The Serenity Prayer – Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.

Amen

Action: Is there a situation where you are struggling to be patient? Think about it, then pray the Serenity Prayer. Try to discern whether it is time to act or time to wait.

This Thought was written by David Moodie

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