I am now the proud owner of a set of gardening gloves. They’re pretty – turquoise and white, and they actually fit me. I also found our little shovel, and its gorgeous here, so Bliss & I went outside before lunch and did some weeding.
Turns out that weeding is actually kind of fun with good tools and good company. I think it’d be even better though, if I had any idea which plants were weeds and which ones I should let be. I mean, I can tell the dandelions… but that’s really about it. Its possible I composted some violets.
Weeding, pruning and growing are just more fun with the right tools, the right company and the right knowledge. I think thats what Christian formation, at its best, strives for – to give people tools to grow, gifts for understanding the Christian life, and a community in which to do this work. Some of the tools come from other places – Fast Company, business books, the non-profit world (my alma mater offers a great summer course on that), arts and education. There is so much at our disposal, to learn from, to grow into, and to enjoy. Insert doxology here.