In this chapter, Michelle talks about attitude adjustment, you know, weeding out the wrong character traits from our lives so we can make room for the fruit of the Holy Spirit to grow unhindered. Let’s sit and listen to what our teacher has to say:
So what does it take to make an attitude adjustment? It takes the touch of a master horticulturist. A gardener, honey, a gardener. It takes a little digging, some soul searching. Then you have to get rid of all weeds and stones that choke out and hinder productive growth. Next you must plant a seed. Now cover the seed with earth, keeping your dream in a secret place-preferably in God’s hands. Water that seed. Cry if you must. Whatever it takes to cleanse and rinse the heart, do it and remember: “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with (her) (Psalms 126:5-6)
What is bad gardening when it comes to affairs of the heart? It’s sowing seeds that promote man-repelling attitudes- Seeds of rejection, anger, bitterness, hatred and vengeance. It’s time to plant a new crop. It’s time for the fruit of the spirit to come bursting through the soil of your heart. No matter what, make your aim “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23). Let the gentle touch of the Master pluck out rotten flowers and prune you to make room for the delicious fruit he wants to come from your experience.
You’re also going to need some fertilizer. The best fertilizer I can think of is prayer. Begin to pray for your future husband every day. Sow prayers for your relationship, for your family, for the call of God to be made clear in both f your lives. Even more importantly, pray that God leads that man to find you.
Personal Note: I personally believe that we all will be engaged in the work of gardening till we either die or are raptured. The reason is simple: Our aim as Christians is to “become Christ-like”, “to grow up in him in all things”. It’s really about our character. So yes, we will have to drop those excess baggages- you know, those character flaws that don’t glorify Jesus, and pick up the right habits. Get into gardening baby!