Keeping the Wilderness at Bay

I’m posting this after just returning from a two-day prayer retreat. While I was away, I was reminded once again about how easy it is to neglect the spiritual side of life. Not intentionally, mind you. Yet it happens just the same.

My wife and I live in the country, and our yard is surrounded by a wooded area. If we don’t intentionally keep fighting back the “wilderness” area, it will encroach on our yard. Don’t misunderstand. The trees wouldn’t take over in a day or even a week. Rather, there are slight, even imperceptible, steps. Bit by bit, fraction of an inch by fraction of inch, the yard we use for enjoyment and recreation shrinks. If we don’t take deliberate steps to keep the wilderness area at bay, eventually we would lose our yard.

The same thing happens in the spiritual realm. We usually don’t notice the encroachment of worldly things on our spiritual lives. Such things happen slowly, even imperceptibly, over time. It’s a gradual process that generally escapes our attention. Yet, it happens just the same.

So, in light of this, here’s the question: Are you taking deliberate steps to fight back the advancing wilderness in your spiritual life?

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3 Responses to Keeping the Wilderness at Bay

  1. Ron Ferlito says:

    I have noticed that when I am consistent with a daily prayer and Bible study routine, the encroachment diminishes. Once I get into the routine, I remain more sensitive to this whole subject. If I let it go for a few days, it seems easier to be influenced by the thoughts and viewpoints of the world.

  2. Kim bollinger says:

    Excellent Tom…… Thanks for that analogy!

  3. LeRoy Petersen says:

    You are so right Tom! If we do not keep growing in the Lord and in His fellowship, the world comes in and destroyes all God wants to establish in our lives.

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