As I went out to cut them all down today and try to free the thin string of lights I had placed around our garden this past summer, I noticed the vines and woven themselves tightly around everything! The wire fence was wound tightly with green vines. The thin wire connecting all the little lights was so tightly wrapped up that separating the vine from the lights became impossible without cutting the wire, resulting in the severing of the power source.
Be careful what you allow to grow in your life.
"Listen! A farmer went out to plant seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn't have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that few up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand....
The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God's word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced." (Matthew 13:3-22)
"Since we have such a huge crowd of men and women of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-2)