Ever hear the saying “one bad apple can spoil the bunch?” It’s an interesting notion, isn’t it? Basically, it’s saying that you can have a bushel of 10 gorgeous, succulent apples, but if one is “bad,” it can ruin the whole lot. But can that one bad apple real spoil everything?
I guess the answer to the question is tied to another old saying “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.” In other words, the bath water is now dirty and you’ll drain it away, but surely you’ll keep the baby. Or at least that’s how I interpret that old saying. The bigger point is, that if we let one bad apple spoil the bunch, then perhaps the problem is with us?
I’m a huge fan of the Parables because they are incredibly wise. Of course, not everyone is a Christian or of any religious faith for that matter, but that is irrelevant. The parables are wise and we can all learn from their words, regardless of our faith. The parable of the weeds is an excellent reminder of how we should lead our lives.
The Parable of the Weeds
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’
– Matthew 13:24-43
This parable seems to be especially appropriate for our times. With so much discord and vitriol being spread at a rapid pace across the internet and particularly, social media, isn’t this a great lesson? Don’t let the actions of your “enemies” define or derail you — be strong, let the fruits of your efforts take root and grow and simply…discard any weeds the may have planted in your life.
“If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.” ―
“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” ―