In 1876 at the Centennial Expo in Philadelphia, the Japanese introduced a plant to the United States they could hardly imagine would have such an impact. This strange new vine was called “Kudzu.” The plant didn’t have much use until the 1940s. At that time, the U.S. Soil Erosion Service believed that Kudzu could be a useful tool in stopping erosion along sloped areas. With great faith in Kudzu’s ability to do the job, they planted 3,000,000 acres of it throughout the Southeast portion of the country.
One thing that was overlooked in this process was how difficult Kudzu is to contain. The climate in the Southeast is ideal for Kudzu to grow rapidly, which led it to grow in, on, and through just about anything in its path. By the 1970s the Department of Agriculture placed Kudzu on its list of noxious weeds. This means they now spend time, money, and manpower to eradicate this plant that now covers an estimated 7.4 million acres throughout the U.S.
Kudzu is the perfect example of what happens when we allow BITTERNESS to take root in our lives. When it takes root it devours and defiles everything in our lives.
Paul teaches us this in Hebrews 12:15
15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
We have to make the choice in our life to trade BITTER for something BETTER. Join us tomorrow as we continue our series Passion Killers series. We are looking the thing that sneak into our lives, almost undetected, and killer our passion and joy in life.