Feb. 1–Today I was feeling let down, frustrated, and angry at many situations and people in them.
I looked back at the day and found the positive nuggets and things I was grateful for, because that is how I have trained myself. I didn’t like ME when I was angry. I didn’t like how I felt or how I acted. I knew I had to change it. It was ALL up to ME.

Matthew 13, NIV
The Parable of the Weeds
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 The owner’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?”

28 “An enemy did this,” he replied.

The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?”

29 “No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”

This story reminded me of how the enemy plants those thoughts and attitudes in my brain. When I let them fester, it drags me down and then my influence to those around me becomes crap. I then drag others down with me. The weeds need to be pulled out of my mind.

The ending of this story tells me that the junk in my mind, my life, and that influence, if not corrected to be good fruit, will be burned and cast out. And that will happen to the people that have frustrated me, also. I want to be the wheat or good fruit that is gathered into the harvest, into the barn, into God’s protection.

So, no matter what I am walking through, I can be comfortable with the weeds growing around me (just not IN me) and trust that the weeds will be plucked out and taken away. They won’t follow me always. Lord, let me be a great harvest and produce great fruit.