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  • a picture of a freshly plowed field

Show the class or family a new plot of ground that has just been dug up and prepared to be planted and ask: If this ground were left alone for a year just like it is right now, what would it look like? Would it have flowers and vegetables or would it have weeds and grass?

The new ground represents each one of us. We must actively sow seeds of service, unselfishness, forgiveness, courtesy, kindness and actively dig up and remove the ever-present weeds of contention, selfishness, and pursuit of worldly pleasures. We must work hard to weed out bad influences, just like the gardener must work hard to have a beautiful flower garden or to grow abundant vegetables.

A good handout for this object lesson would be a package of flower seeds or a small trowel.

Source: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Flats/4746/lessons.html, some additions by Jenny Smith

September 22, 2004
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