Seeing the profusion of dandelions growing on the lawn reminded me of something my little sister said a year or two ago. We had been doing some garden work, so – wanting to do her part – she asked our mom with excitement, “Mommy, can I water the dandelions?”
Oh, does that girl have a lot to learn.
Not only did that memory make me smile and shake my head… it also made me ask myself a question:
How often am I watering the dandelions?
Life is full of dandelions. I’m talking about those things/activities/thoughts/pursuits that look really nice for a time, make us happy for a time, and are fun for a time. In reality, they are sucking our time and energy away from the things/activities/thoughts/pursuits that really matter.
Guys, this is a problem.
“We have all of eternity to celebrate the victories, but only a few short hours in which to win them.” – Amy Carmichael
“…the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober…” – 1 Peter 4:7
We have no idea how many days we have left to live in this life. I don’t know about you, but when it comes time for me to die, I don’t want to be saying, “Oh, I wish I had…” There are so many things to be done for Christ and His kingdom, and I don’t want to miss any opportunities to work for Him because I’ve been watering the dandelions.
“The little things of life, sweet and excellent in their place, must not be the things lived for; the highest must be sought and followed; the life of heaven must be begun here on earth.” L.M. Montgomery in Anne of the Island
This quote sums it up so perfectly. The dandelions may seem so important… but if we look at them through the lens of eternity, we can clearly see that they’re not. We can appreciate their temporal beauty, but it should not be our sole motive in life to nurture them. Let’s keep our focus on the right things today… and on into eternity!