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You can learn a lot from a mushroom. I’m not talking about the mushrooms that launch you into a mind-altering out-of-body experience, but average garden-variety mushrooms.

In the interest of transparency, you need to know that I hate mushrooms. (I know it’s not ok for a pastor to use the word “hate”, but it’s probably not ok for me to talk about tripping on ‘shrooms, so we’ve already crossed over the propriety bridge.) Mushrooms function as restrooms for woodland creatures, and they ruin pizza, Chinese food, and cheesesteak sandwiches. Abhorrent. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about mushrooms is how and where they grow, which leads me to today’s life lesson:

Anything that grows because of neglect isn’t worth having.

Think about it. Mushrooms grow on rotting trees in the forest. I’m convinced you can grow a mushroom in the corner of your house if you leave the lights off, don’t clean up the Diet Coke you spilled on the floor, and never sweep. Grim, indeed. Why in the world would anyone eat anything that sprouts up from dirt and trash?

Think about areas in your life that may be suffering from neglect. How’s your relationship with God? Are you feeding your mind and soul with His Word, or are you allowing the distance to create an ideal environment for something distasteful to fill you? How’s your marriage? If you’re not intentional about feeding your marriage, instead of growing a thriving relationship, something awful may be growing because of neglect. How’s your relationship with your parents? Kids? Co-workers?

Paul encouraged the Christians in Colossae to grow healthy and God-honoring things in their lives and not settle for the weird stuff that grows when a relationship with God is neglected.

Colossians 1:9-10 “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”

Pastors, that’s our prayer for our people. We’re desperate for them to embrace God’s purpose for their life, seek His wisdom, and wholly devote their life to serving Him. That’s going to require cultivation on their part, but notice the promise. We get to live a life that is meaningful and will last into eternity. I don’t know about you, but I want my life to count, and I want it to produce good fruit.

Obviously, I’m not a botanist. I’m sure grocery store mushrooms are grown in clean and controlled environments. They probably cure chicken pox and improve your batting average. However, I’d rather be condemned to a life of eating only cheese pizza than run the risk of having a mushroom contaminate an otherwise delicious supreme pizza!


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