Sunday, July 5, 2020

Are You Cultivating Creativity or Crowding it Out of Your Life?

By Edie Melson @EdieMelson

But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner. I Corinthians 14:40

Summer is here and every weekend we can visit the farmer's market for fresh produce. As I walked through the stalls recently, I was drawn back to one summer when I decided to try my hand at gardening.

Our boys were young, and we had decided—for some unremembered reason—that planting a vegetable garden would be a great idea. I can’t imagine that either my husband or I would have had the time or energy—after keeping up with three active young boys—to really take care of it. Oh, the optimism of young parents.

But we were optimistic, and so we began. We used an old tiller, plowed up a small bit of ground, and planted a variety of seeds. One of the vegetables I was most looking forward to eating fresh out of the garden was carrots. When it came time to plant the carrots, I was amazed at how tiny the dark seeds were in the palm of my hand. I remembered the man at the garden center warning us to plant the seeds sparingly, but the seeds were so small, and I really wanted a large crop of carrots. So I sprinkled them thickly in the ground. After all, I figured, if a few were good, more would be better.

Those of you who are expert gardeners are already laughing because you know what happened. I think every single one of those tiny seeds took root and sprouted. As they grew, in a few short weeks they became a tangled mess, fighting for nutrients and space. Then, after lifting a couple of inches of green toward the sun, every single one of those carrots withered and died. I was left with nothing more than the bitter taste of disappointment and discouragement.

As this memory resurfaced, I found myself asking God why it had come to mind. I realize that I’d been looking at my calendar and I heard God warning me, once again, that my life was becoming crowded by saying yes to too many things. He was warning me to plant fewer seeds and take time to nurture them. Otherwise I’d find myself with an empty garden, with nothing but withered endeavors from pouring too many good things into my life.

So I ask you, how is your garden? Is it well-ordered and taken care of? Or, in your desire too accomplish much, are you also crowding out any hope of reaping a harvest?  


Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram


  1. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. It is a constant battle. Love the post.

  2. Edie,

    The search for balance in our lives is continual and sometimes we do say yes to too many things on our calendar. I appreciate the wisdom in this post. Thank you,

    author of 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed

  3. A great visual! The next time I get too busy I will picture those carrots. Thanks, Edie.

  4. Loved the comparison between too many seeds in the ground to too many tasks in our lives crowding out making good if we tried to tackle just a few. As always, thanks for sharing.

    Please tell your son thanks for the service he's given to our country. We are proud of him, too.

  5. I so needed to read this today as God has been placing this very message on my heart for several months. Thank you for sharing. ~Shannon Redmon