Several years ago, our eight-year-old son came in from playing outside, carrying a huge potted plant. He excitedly presented it to his mother as a gift. After thanking him for his thoughtfulness, we asked where he got this special gift. He told us he’d found it in a clearing behind our home. The plant was close to five feet tall, and very green and healthy. This just didn't make sense to me. It was obvious that someone had taken good care of the plant because it was very green and healthy looking. It was even in a nice container. After further questioning, we had our son show us exactly where he found the plant. We couldn't imagine how the plant got there or who took such good care of it, but we were convinced that our son really found it behind our house.
We decided to put the plant in our living room next to the sofa, where it looked very nice. We have frequent visitors to our home, and several people, including relatives, commented on how good the plant looked in our living room. But something about the plant never seemed right. Phaedrus said: “Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.” Maybe it was the strange smell that was always apparent when you sat near it, or the feeling we got as we looked closely at it. It looked more like a healthy weed than anything else. Over the course of the next several weeks we took special care of the plant thinking that perhaps someone would come looking for it. One day I was glancing through a book and saw a plant that looked exactly like ours. I checked closely to be sure and even pulled off one of the leaves and put it on the kitchen stove burner. There was no question about it. We had in our living room a very healthy marijuana plant.
After destroying the plant, I heard rumors that a teenage boy in our neighborhood was the one growing the marijuana. From this experience, I learned that I should be better informed and look a little closer at the things I bring into my life. Things are not always as they appear and there are those out there who would try to deceive. Unfortunately, you cannot always count on friends or even family members to help you avoid deceit since several told me how nice the plant looked in our living room. We should look closely to see if there are any “marijuana plants” that we have allowed into our lives without realizing it. There may be inappropriate things that we have allowed in that are holding us back from achieving the mission we have in life without even realizing it. Deceit may be hard to recognize as John Widtsoe said: “Fraud and deceit have been practiced since the beginning of history...Brass has been called gold; glass has been sold as diamonds; and poison has been hawked as excellent food.”
• Things may actually be quite different than what you think they are.
• There may be things in our homes or lives that are not appropriate and need to be eliminated.
• When we are uniformed it is much easier to be deceived or to be taken advantage of.
• Friends and family are often of little help in pointing out inappropriate things in our lives.
• There are those around us that are willing to peddle harmful things for personal gain.
Take an inventory of your life to discover if there are things that you have brought into your home or life that are not appropriate. Put a plan in place to eliminate those things that are harmful to your progress. Watch the following video to see that things are not always as they appear.