For two weeks I have been dealing with a mole that has been tearing up my yard. At first there were just a couple mole hills on the edge of my yard. I didn’t even know what they were at first.moledamage

So, I called an expert…my brother-in-law, for some guidance. I knew he had dealt with these pests in his yard. His advice was “don’t mess around.” So, after I finished up with cutting the grass on my riding mower, I went to the hardware store in town to the mole elimination section.

I bought a device that you bury in the ground and makes a noise every 30 seconds that is supposed to trick the moles into thinking a predator is nearby. The packaging says to wait from a few days to a few weeks. I wasn’t sure how patient I could be but I thought this may be a humane way to start to try to rid my lawn of the pesky sucker.

After a couple weeks, I moved on to level two and bought a trap. I wasn’t exactly sure if I was setting it in the right spot but figured I’d give it a try. I set it on a Saturday afternoon and hadn’t caught it by the next morning. Seeing two new mole hills popped up I moved the trap over just between them. By the time I got home from church that afternoon, the trap had been triggered. I pull it up from the yard and sure enough, I had caught him. That stinker was one pesky mole. moletrap

After talking to several people, I learned that moles feast on grubs and if you can get rid of the food source you can get rid of the mole(s) so next time, I’ll try some grub-b-gone or something. I was just relieved to be rid of the sucker.

The point of sharing this story is this. Sometimes our heart becomes overtaken by sin. No matter what device we use to get rid of it, it keeps popping up and reminding us of it’s presence.

We have to remember that we aren’t perfect humans and therefore we can’t be perfect parents but we can model how to deal with sin.

I used to have a bad temper. It was pretty horrible when I was a kid and even as a young parent, I would show it off to my family once in a while. Over time, I learned to better control my emotions. As I matured as a Christian and learned more about how to deal with sin, I began to show my temper less and less often. (Unfortunately, it probably took longer than it should have.)

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13

As we deal with sin in our own life, we can then help our kids learn to deal with sin in their lives. Most sin, like a mole in your yard, will pop up from time to time, but as we learn to deal with the temptation, it will pop up less and less until we get rid of it altogether.

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. ~ Matthew 26:41

This can only happen by the grace of God. We have to allow Him to work in our lives to see us through. Praise the Lord for His gracious mercy!