How’s UR Vineyard?

19 Mar

AngryBride_cellphone“A young and nervous bride planning her wedding was increasingly terrified about her upcoming marriage. To calm her nerves, she decided to have a Bible verse which had always brought her comfort ~ “There is no fear in love; for perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18) ~  engraved on her wedding cake. So she called the caterer and all arrangements were made.

“About a week before the wedding, she received a call from the catering company.

“‘Is this really the verse you want on your cake?’ they asked. ‘Yes,’ she confirmed. It was the one she wanted, and after a few more questions they said they would decorate the cake as requested.

“The wedding day came, and everything was beautiful … until the reception, when the bride walked in to find the cake emblazoned with John 4:18 “For you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband.” */**

Imagine the phone call to the caterer after THAT wedding!

It’s not always the big things that mess up our lives. Sometimes it’s the teeny-tiny details.

The Bible says it’s the “little foxes” that spoil (devour) the vineyard (Song of Solomon 2:15).  In other words, it’s the seemingly insignificant things that can add up to huge damage. We need to guard against those little things that hinder us, don’t we?

One of my foxes was rooted in my childhood. I (Dawn) wasn’t always the Type A+ personality that I am today. Oh, I was always crazy active. I once saw an old filmstrip of myself at age five, running up and down the church steps over and over again until my mother stopped me and grabbed my hand. I stayed next to her, but I was still bouncing up and down like a yo-yo! Fox_inVineyard

Though I was active, I was also lazy. And I reasoned that it was no big deal. After all, I was perfectly charming in every area besides that one, I concluded. But my laziness started to affect my grades in school, and mama didn’t think that was so charming.  Laziness was my little spoiling fox.

Later in life, as a young woman, I read a verse in Proverbs. “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep,” it said. “So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:10-11).

Let me state that in another version: “A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent house guest!” (The Message)

The truth is, laziness spoils our hopes for success. A little bit of laziness tends to swell. Some people are so lazy they’re catatonic! And this scripture says laziness can result in poverty. Maybe it’s not always financial poverty; there is also a poverty that comes from not reaching the unique purpose and potential that God created us to achieve.

So if you are lazy, don’t take that lightly, Friend. You can choose to get busy for God. You can choose to get busy and be a diligent wife. You can choose to be industrious in your home. You can choose to be an involved mother. You can choose to make career and ministry opportunities for excellence. Start with one new choice a day, and you’re on your way!

Ok … I’ve been transparent about one of my foxes … How about you?

What character issue tends to devour your effectiveness for God? What character flaw damages your relationships? What is it that you take lightly, but it’s destroying something that could be so beautiful in your life? What choices can you make to chase away your crazy little foxes ~ whatever they are?

Be honest. How’s the “vineyard” of your life these days?


** (If you didn’t get that, compare the references.)


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