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Aug 14

A Garden without Weeds

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I spend time vegetable gardening. While flowers are nice, if I can’t eat it; I don’t pay a lot of attention to it. The other day “Brad”, “Brad” came over and wanted to take a look at my garden. As we walked through Brad made the offhand comment, “Gee, weeds don’t seem to grow in your garden and your plants grow really well. You must be blessed with great soil.”

I explained to Brad that I spent 10-15 hours a week working in the garden. Almost every day I hunt for weeds and pull or hoe them out before they had time to grow much. The reason I didn’t have weeds wasn’t because they didn’t grow, but because I tended to them quickly.


Additionally I explained how I worked the soil.  I composted grass from the lawn along with table scraps to make a rich addition to the garden. Every spring I mixed the rich compost into the dirt.  I also applied organic fertilizers. Furthermore, I used several sprays to keep garden pests down.

I didn’t want to overstate my case with Brad, so I gently explained that the garden looked good not because of some magic soil but because of my planning and consistent work. King Solomon wrote, “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds” (Proverbs 27:23, NIV)

Business is somewhat the same way. When we see a business running smoothly, generating good income and serving customers well; we may easily believe anyone can do that. While some businesses are more complex than others, my experience teaches me that all effective businesses are well-planned, executed, and managed. This is hard work. 

Find out what happens when you treat your business like a well-cared for garden with planning and work.  After all, a business don’t just spring up and generate cash without the owner’s diligent work.

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