What could I possibly have to say about green onions?
I am so glad you asked.
Last week I used some green onions for dinner and saved the ends with the plans to put them in my garden and grow my own.
I set them in a small, empty flower pot and left them.
I added about 1 tsp of water so they would not dry out until the next day.
A few days go by and I forget about the green onions ( off to the corner, busy week...you get the picture)
Saturday night I see them again and they are growing
Now overall that is pretty cool. I can still plant them and have my onions...BUT...
It got me thinking of an anology. Of course it did, I see everything in pictures and anologies :)
I thought about our lives and sin. I thought about how as we are growing in areas and wanting change we remove some stuff in our lives that are not helping us get to that goal.
It might not even be related to sinful things, it could simple be you wanted to get healthier or to focus more on your family, or even learn more with your career. We set goals and then we change things up or remove them all together to help us get to that goal.
The original thought was how important it is to remove all sin from our lives. The growing of the green onions with just a drop of water was the perfect example of how things can still grow if not completely removed.
When we choose to better our lives by removing the things that hinder us, we need to FULLY remove them.
You can't struggle with over spending of money you don't have and plan on keeping that one secret credit card....just in case.
You can't struggle with infidelity and keep that one last hook up ....just because you are now only friends...,and it is just on Facebook.
You can't struggle with porn and plan on keep that one site unlocked....because you don't go there anymore
You can't struggle with anger and plan on reserving that one out break for that one time someone does ......(fill in the blank).
When things left untouched like that and are not fully removed from our lives they grow just like those stinky green onions did.
You may wonder how the heck do you fully remove the things hindering you from your life. You may want full freedom and may even have victory for a while only to find out it was secretly still there and you can't seem to shake that temptation.
Being accountable to friends, leaders, and mentors will help you see all those hidden spots. There will be things you didn't even realize was a problem but someone else might see it. And I mean fully accountable. Not just "i am good" but you are not telling them about the hidden credit cards just in case, that one friend on Facebook that you still send msg to...so you can catch up, the one inappropriate site not locked...because you never go to that.
You have to be open and allow friends to see you..truly see you.
Back to the green onions.
They were pushed to the side.
They were not causing any harm.
They went un-noticed and grew.
I have 7 people in my family but no one was helping me "look" for things out of place. It is totally ok to have friends that are just there and don't know all your secrets but make sure that you have friends who see all the dark corners and can ask questions like " hey did you mean to leave this here, did you want this to be growing"
The only reason to not have friends like that is if you are not really ready for change.
Find friends, pray about finding mentors, who have your back and can help you up-root anything that might hinder you from growing into a stronger you!
You are so worth it. If you feel like no one will understand the junk you need to remove then the enemy is doing exactly what he wants to with you. He is tricking you. You are not alone!! Holy cow my story alone is full of thousands of secrets that I felt I couldn't tell. Now that I have victory and can openingly talk about those hidden areas...I have found so many people who went though or are going through the same things.
You are not alone and you most definitely are not the first person to struggle with whatever the heck you are struggling with. There have been others and if you allow God to work, he will bring people into you life who can help.
Update: I wrote this Saturday night and here it is Tuesday. The green onions still sit on my counter and have grown another inch or so. The roots are getting intertwined with the base of the flower pot and I have made the decision to just go ahead and add dirt to the roots so they can grow there.
This is also very similar to how we do things in our lives. We have sin in our lives that we don't fully get rid up and then the roots start growing. The longer we go without addressing the issue the longer the roots have time to go deep. Eventually we just except the roots. Eventually we just except the sin. We give them a place in our lives and accept that it is just the way I am. I have been like this for so long. I don't remember not having these roots ( this sin) as part of my life. I must just be an over spending. I must just not be one who can be faithful to my spouse...I mean I am only human.
This is a lie. Sin never needs to have a permit place in our lives. It is true, we are all human. We live in a fallen world and we have all sinned but it does NOT have to take root. Jesus died for you. He died for me. He is the Son of God His death and resurrection has ALL power to uproot anything that has a strong hold on you or in you.
This is only possible though knowing that and a believing that and accountability to others.