"Weeds are simply plants created by God that are growing in the wrong place"
I cannot take credit for this quotation and don't know the name of the fella who said it. However, it was passed along to me from a friend. Nevertheless, this is what I'm pondering today.
Last night, I did my regular volunteering at our local food and clothing pantry. I'm always surprised at the people who end up sticking with me throughout the next few weeks. It always changes. Sometimes, it is the first-timers that come in being ashamed and embarrased to ask for help. Sometimes it is the single mom or dad working hard to provide for their children but still having a hard time making ends meet. Last night it was two homeless gentlemen who came in. Each story is different, but both of said the same thing in different ways. The gist was "I am lost and messed up. I'm alone because I don't want to be a burden on my family." I sensed real sadness in these gentlemen.
So I'm thinking about these men and along comes the quote for the day. Thinking back to my previous post on names and how they change how I think about the suffering in the world. I had this thought. Someone cared enough about weeds to give them a scientific name. I wonder if I start thinking about run of the mill weeds by their name if it wouldn't truly transform how I think about them. I know for sure that it changes the way I think about the folks I meet on my journey that need a little consideration and caring. With that said, I'm thinking about all the possiblities that will help those people into the right place.
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