"If you've ever driven along the Interstate in the South, there's a good chance that you've seen miles and miles of Kudzu vines covering trees and bushes along the road. Have you ever wondered how they got there? No one planted them, at least not along the road. They spread there from somewhere else.

Kudzu wasn't native to America. It was imported from Japan. It all started about 1935, when farmers were encouraged to plant it to reduce soil erosion during the "dust bowl" years. It looked like a great idea at first, but they didn't think about the problems it would cause in the future. They had no idea it would spread so quickly that it would become uncontrollable.

The vines can grow a foot a day and up to 100 feet long. It creeps up trees and over bushes, cutting off light and eventually smothering the life out of them. If you pull up a vine, you had better make sure you destroy it because it can root itself and start over again! No one has found an effective way to stop it and that's why you see it along the Interstate highways" (from kentcrockett.com).

Someone has said: "Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay." Sin is like kudzu in this sense. What can seem so trivial in the beginning can grow and spread until it threatens to choke the life out of us. It is the nature of the beast. James describes the inevitable process this way: "But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death" (James 1:14-15). That is why we can't afford to play around with temptation and sin. Don't believe the lie that a little bit can't hurt us. All Satan needs is a small hole in our defenses. Don't give him that opportunity (Ephesians 4:27).

God loves you! -Mike

(by Mike Anderson, 10/8/17)