When owning a home, you take on a lot of responsibility. Maintenance of a home and yard can be time consuming and expensive. And if you live in an area where you have neighbors in close proximity, it sometimes becomes a challenge. In my case, the culprit is “Creeping Charlie”. We take time to spray our yard a few times a year for weeds. I like my grass to be green – not spotted with yellow, white or purple flowers. This year, I have had a war with Creeping Charlie invading my space from beyond the fence. I found out that living next to a homeowner that doesn’t share the same standards and values for their lawn really affects me. I can either fight against it by almost daily weeding out the invaders or I could just give in and let it slowly take over my yard. Now, we are talking about literal weeds here but living too close to the world can bring invaders into your life as well. We’d like to think that close associations with people who have different life standards and values won’t affect us – that we can keep it at bay and not let it creep into our own lives. But it will be a daily struggle and if we slack off, the invasion takes more ground on our side of the fence. Be careful to not allow yourself to be adversely affected by relationships that don’t align with your values and standards for life. Just like Creeping Charlie, they will want to creep their way into your space and take over!
1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; Psalm 1:1 (NKJV)
33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)
20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV) 27
Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? Proverbs 6:27 (NKJV)