Every morning I start the day reading the Bible and praying at my kitchen table.
From where I sit, I can look out a big window and see our patio.
Directly outside the window is a large rectangular area cut out of the patio and filled with dirt.
It’s not great to look at.
Apparently one of the previous owners of the house used this as a garden area.
Since buying the house about a year ago, my wife and I have not yet decided what to do with this section of dirt.
We know we want to do something with it… it’s unsightly, it seems out of place… and, of course, it’s dirty.
But we’re not certain what to do…
Shall we plant flowers and keep them up?
Should we fill the area with stones? That would be fairly simple.
Or should we cover the area over with concrete so it matches the rest of the patio?
We just aren’t sure.
Yet one thing is for sure…
The weeds don’t waste anytime taking advantage of our indecision.
It doesn’t take much time at all for them to completely dominate the area.
And then we go through the drill of pulling the weeds… only to watch them spring up again.
And again, and again.
There is some good, though, that’s come from this section of dirt.
It serves as a reminder about life…
… If you don’t get dominion over what’s been entrusted to you, it’s going to turn out being dominated in a way you don’t desire.
And the end result is most likely to be ugly, not beautiful.
To avoid this, you’ve got to be active, not passive.
You’ve get to take hold of what’s in front of you and rule over it and cultivate it.
If you don’t, you’re life will never become what you know it ought to be. And that would be a very sad and wasteful thing.
There are a lot of applications of this idea of ‘get dominion or get dominated,’ both in our personal lives and the culture at large.
But for today, let’s make this the focus: Consider your time, talents, and treasures and take steps to get greater dominion over them.