Wed., March 23: “Good soil”

by Meredith Ward

Lenten Devotional 2011How can I prepare myself to be “good soil”?

Many years ago I worked with a woman I didn’t get along with. I had lots of good reasons to dislike this woman. She made my life miserable and I nursed that resentment for years. Then one day, I realized that the anger I was carrying was hurting me more than it was hurting her. Bitterness was flavoring all the gifts God had given me, and was keeping me apart from Him. I resolved to treat the woman as I would anyone else, and the next day, I simply said “Good Morning” to her. The look of shock on her face was incredible (and admittedly gratifying), but better still was the relief I felt from having this burden of resentment lifted from me through God’s grace.

I pray that I may not be consumed by the worries of this life, but be “good soil” to receive God’s Word.

Genesis 41:18-28
Psalm 72
1 Corinthians 5:6-6:8
Mark 4:1-20