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I bribed them. I did! I’m not going to hide it. I promised 15 middle school kids hot dogs if they helped me weed the garden at the community center. And guess what I learned? Hot dogs aren’t a fan favorite. “I don’t like hot dogs!” “Are they boiled or grilled? Cause if they are boiled, I’m out. ” I was quickly running out of ideas to get them to come help me. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to weed after a long day at school, right? Right. So I tried something else. “You know why you guys should help out? It’s good for you to get outside and help other people in the community be able to get fresh produce.” Fifteen blank stares. I scrambled for more reasons as to why they should help me but I couldn’t think of anything. I hadnothing. So the they continued to play outside while a couple of the students, four volunteers and I continued to pull weeds out of the garden boxes. And then all the sudden I came across this big weed, but this weed was in my heart and God wanted to pluck it out.
How many times have I given God a blank stare when He has asked me to do something? How many times have I looked for an incentive from God for doing a “good deed”? I act just like a 13 year old middle school kid sometimes in the way I respond to God when he calls me to do something.
“Where is my hot dog God?”
So I ask you this…what is your hot dog? What is it that drives you to do what God has called you to do? Is it the reward, or is it the fact that Christ died for you and laid his life down so that you could have your life and live it abundantly? (John 10:10)
It looked like God had a different plan for our “Gardening Day” at the center. It was the weeds in my own heart he wanted to pluck out. Now don’t get me wrong, the day ended up quite successful. Three rock star students helped us out from start to finish and never complained once. They were truly an example as to how we should serve Christ; with no complaints, from start to finish. To be taught something by a middle school kid will always be humbling and will never get old.