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I don’t know how you feel about dandelions, but I like them. I know they’re weeds, but I like them anyway. Yes, they are a nuisance, but they add a splash of color to the green lawn.

One man, for whom dandelions were “the enemy,” wrote to the Department of Agriculture: “Dear Sirs – My lawn is infested with dandelions… I have pulled, poked, prodded and pried… I have sprayed them… I have used every chemical and device on the market, but they keep multiplying… They’re everywhere and I’m at my wits end… What can I do?” The Department of Agriculture wrote back, “Dear Sir – since you cannot get rid of your dandelions, we suggest that you learn to love them.”

There are “dandelions” in everyone’s life. We may never learn to love them, but the least we can do is learn to accept them. “Dandelions” are the things we cannot change or get rid of no matter how hard we try. “Dandelions” are our challenges – the “crosses we must bear.” Life without “dandelions” would be dull and colorless.

What are the “dandelions” in your life?

Perhaps your “dandelions” are very personal things: your age, a physical handicap, an incurable illness, a difficult marriage or a challenging relationship, or not enough time to do the things you want to do. Perhaps your “dandelions” are the people around you: a stubborn spouse, a rebellious child, an aging parent, a difficult co-worker, a nosey neighbor, or maybe even the person who sits behind you in church. Perhaps your “dandelions” are your past: the mistakes you made, the sins you committed, the opportunities you missed, or the choices you made.

You don’t have to be an expert to recognize a dandelion in your lawn or in your life. There are things in life that can be changed – work to change them. There are other things, like dandelions, that simply must be accepted and loved.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”