Watching for Weeds

April 1-7

Watching for Weeds

These short devotions are based on a verse or a few verses in this week’s Bible Reading Plan (using Eugene Peterson’s Message Bible paraphrase).

Week of April 1-7

Theme: Watching out for the weeds of discontent

Bible Verse(s): Hebrews 12.14-17

Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity.

Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time.

Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late.


It says we should work at getting along with each other… is getting along always easy? Describe a time when you had to work at getting along with someone.

What does the word content mean? What does the word discontent mean?

Why do you think the Bible is comparing discontentment to a thorny weed?

When Esau traded his inheritance for a bowl of soup because he was hungry, was that smart or foolish?

Have you ever had to patiently wait for something? What was that like?

Family Project

One of the ways we can keep the weeds of discontentment out of our lives is by remembering to be thankful for even the smallest little blessings. Make a family list of all the little things (and big things too) that you are thankful for.