Mowing the Lawn Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Mowing the lawn with the size of ours is like a lot of things in life: It is a job, it has a goal, it makes you think, and you have to attack it in a creative way. 

It is one of those things I really enjoy doing because there is a tangible goal that you are working toward and you can see and track your progress. It also gives you plenty of time to think. As I mow, I think, “I really hope I get a job where I am working towards an end result, because that is what really motivates me”, “This dumb bug is driving me crazy”, “I wonder where I will live in the future”, “I wonder how mothers do it, take care of their children, work, and take care of the house”, “I wonder where I can find new jeans that are like my old ones”, “I need to work more on the basement”, “Ugh I hate this smell of fresh cut grass”, “What should I have for dinner”, etc etc.

It gives you time to ponder the meaningful questions in life yet also think about those menial ones. Mowing gives you the perfect setting to do nothing but think. For my yard it is an hour and a half where you sit on the mower going basically in circles with the loud hum of the mower drowning out the rest of the world. 

Basking in the sun, you are working while thinking. What better multitasking? 

It made me think though, it is kind of like what God is doing with us on a constant basis. He is working on us to bring us toward one goal (finishing the lawn). Yet once that goal is met, the grass grows again, and we must work towards the next goal (time to mow again). We are a constant progress and with God we can be strengthened while growing and all the while God is shaping us into who we should be. 

“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

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