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Last year, we bought a new house, and this spring, we discovered that there are daffodils in our lawn! "So what?" you might ask. Yes, I do enjoy their colour and beauty — they provide splashes of sunshine wherever they flower, and they are so welcome, after the greyness of the winter. It just seems odd to me that someone would plant such tall flowers in a lawn — maybe crocuses and bluebells, even snowdrops — but anything taller than those, to me, evoke images of an untidy lawn that is harder to maintain when they die back.

In the same way that someone can sow seeds that grow in the wrong place, Satan can plant disparaging thoughts in our minds, where they can easily take root and grow, if we allow them to. We can spend our days doing what needs to be done: working, caring for family and friends, volunteering our time to our church or local organizations, gardening, shopping, and a myriad of other activities, when suddenly we become aware that something is bothering us. "What is that?" we might ask. "Why is that there?" — the critical thoughts about somebody, the anger and resentment felt about a long-past action or words that hurt, or perhaps the stinking-thinking that abounds in our heads when we start our day. We might often wish we had a delete key to remove the negative thoughts completely, or at least remove them to where they belong. I know there are times when I do.

Psalm 19:12b-13 – Forgive me when I sin without knowing it. Don't let me do wrong on purpose, Lord, or let sin have control over my life. (CEV)

John 17:15-17 – I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. (NKJV)

As Jesus points out, Christians are like plants out of place in this world, which can sometimes make us feel like misfits. Thankfully, God is our master gardener, and when we accept His planting instructions, we flourish where we are planted, causing no invasive harm or hurtful activity in the lives of those around us. Like those misplaced daffodils, we can be rays of sunshine in a world that is often intrusive and overwhelming. I think I'll try to be a bright spot in someone's life today — as with uplifting and encouraging words, I can bring a sense of joy to a hurting or lonely friend, neighbour, or family member. Perhaps, you'd like to join me and do that too!

Deuteronomy 6:18 – Obey the laws that the Lord has given you, and live in a way that pleases Him. (CEV)

Prayer: Father, forgive us when we stray where we shouldn't, whether it be with sinful thoughts, wrong words, or harmful actions. Show us the right place to be, that we may be rays of sunshine whenever we have the opportunity. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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