September 5, 2011

You have to fight for a weed-free lawn.

In many circles, especially with guys, crabgrass is a four letter word. Just think about how we say it! It has also caused some to use a few choice words. We spend lots of money and sweat to kill it only to have it magically appear and out last our beautiful lawn.

September marks a time when men rise up to conquer a frontier…their own front yard…and back yard! I live in North Carolina and all the grass experts say that now is the time to aerate, seed and fertilize to have a beautiful lawn in the spring. I remember a few years ago, I had the best looking grass in the neighborhood! Man after man would walk or drive by and gaze at the lush green carpet of grass in my front yard. Guys would ask, “How do you get such a beautiful yard?” I would assume the Barney Fife (Andy Griffith Show) pose as I hiked up my pants, half smiled with my bottom lip and chin stuck out, and say, “Wellll…its nothin’ really!”

Recently, I arrived home after a long, hot day of work only to see my grass needed some attention. As you know, much of the south and southeast is in need of rain. The crabgrass was tall and green while the grass that I had planted and fertilized the year before was…well…it was dead. I made a vow at that moment to stop the madness and quit wasting money! It’s funny how we guys will spend $50 or so to put down crabgrass preventer only to have it thrive at the end of the season and spend an additional $75 on seed and fertilizer only to have it all die. Let’s not talk about the cost of aeration. Each season, we vow to quit spending the money and allow the weeds and crabgrass to take over! Inevitably, we make our way to the big box stores to put down $150+ to win the battle! There is something within us that needs to win. WE WILL HAVE A BEAUTIFUL LAWN!!!

[Braveheart moment]

We have a desire within us to win! Nothing, including crabgrass, will defeat us. I’ve spent the last three weeks at the ARCA Racing chapel services talking about taking a stand! There are stands we must take to not experience defeat in our lives. A mentor in my life, Pastor Scott Reece, once told me and a gathering of men that, “…anything you do not take a stand for is up for grabs by the enemy (Satan)”. God placed within us the need to be a warrior. Unfortunately, we have backed down on the important issues too often. How hard are you and I willing to stand and fight for our salvation, our spouse, our kids our career and our call from God? How much of our resources are we willing to spend? How much time are we willing to give to not back down and allow the enemy to take what is not his? Will we be a warrior and stand for what is ours through prayer and spiritual warfare?

Fighting crabgrass is easy! Scotts puts out some pretty amazing stuff to build a great lawn. Fighting for what God has given you is so much more important yet can be so tough! But God has given you the key to keep what He has blessed you with: “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own.

Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” Ephesians 6/ The Message

Be the man! Take a stand and pray for those people and things God has given you. Don’t let the enemy take over and take away God’s blessings in your life.

– Article contributed by David Giles, ARCA Chaplain for the Master’s Men ministry.