The Battle With The Neighborhood Association

The Battle With The Neighborhood Association

I pride myself on having a well-kept yard. I don’t spend a lot of money on it, but I always keep it looking nice. So when I got the letter from our neighborhood association that said I needed to mow my lawn I was baffled.

We are out of the country a lot, but I always ask the neighbor to mow when I’m gone. He keeps it nice. When would it have gotten bad? 

I started thinking about the car with four flat tires at the end of the street, the yapping dogs all around me, and lots of other problems I see on my block. Why were they picking on me? Not to mention, the former president of the HOA embezzled tens of thousands of dollars and then skipped town. I asked the new president about how they were getting the money back – she shrugged. Quality. These are the folks I’m dealing with.

The more I looked at the letter the angrier I got. Even though the lawn had just been mowed a few days earlier I stormed outside and mowed it again. I’ll show them.

I went on a rampage. I trimmed everything like a Bonsai Master. I pulled out the Round-Up and started spraying anything that could be construed to be out of place.

But then I came to a patch of tiny flowers that had broken through a crack in the concrete. They were small, but beautiful. I set down the Round-Up and stooped down.

What am I doing?

I was about to kill something beautiful to impress some people I don’t really like and don’t have much respect for.

I thought about how often I go overboard and kill something that could be beautiful because I’m afraid of what someone will think of me. I want to impress them so they’ll like me. There are some things I’ve thought of doing, but I’m afraid it won’t be all clean and tidy, so I never do it.

But I’ve decided I’m keeping my flowers, even if they aren’t in a flowerbed. Beautiful things are often messy and out of place.

Don’t let a bunch of tightwad, order-junkies drive you to kill something beautiful that may be blooming in your life. Don’t worry about trying to impress people you don’t really like. Just do your thing to the best of your ability. Let beauty explode all over the place.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecc. 3:11