My name is Thasia Awad, author of Lord, Make Me Good Ground: A Personal Journey to Cultivating the Heart and Promoting Lasting Fruit. I started this blog to share my personal journey of becoming good ground (which I’m still on today) while hoping to help inspire others to take the challenge themselves.
When I talk about good ground I am using the expression Jesus used in “The Parable of the Sower” when he described the hearts (the mind, will, emotions, personality) of people and how each heart reacts to his Word when it has been sewn. In this parable, Jesus not only gives us an eye-opening revelation of how the Kingdom of God operates when it has been sown in a good heart but he also gives us a tool to help us recognize our own heart conditions and the impact we have on ourselves (and His Word) when our hearts are not so good.
It is very hard to assume that a person has a good heart simply by how they look or what they’ve accomplished in life. In fact our assumptions can be downright deceiving. We almost automatically look at the person who’s achieving the most in life and has gone the farthest or who is the most helping, to be the ones who are mentally and emotionally healthy. They may be good people but it doesn’t always mean they have a good healthy heart.
I’m a licensed social worker by profession and throughout my career I’ve encountered many different people who had issues that were more diverse than the people I’ve served. Nonetheless, I always had great respect for people who were honest and self reflective enough to say, “look, I have a problem and I need help”, people who were willing to break down their walls and show their vulnerability in order to receive the help they needed to become better individuals.
On the other hand I’ve also encountered, more often than the latter, good-willed people who seemed perfectly fine on the outside. They were successful in their careers, helpful to others, well-rounded, organized, resourceful, talented and all around put together. Yet, those same people were depleting on the inside and either wasn’t ready to admit it or wasn’t willing to get help for it. This was exactly who I was until the Lord began answering a prayer of mine I had for years which was to become good ground.
What’s funny is that the answer to my prayer was not at all what I expected it to be but it was the answer to what I needed; a healed heart. As He continues to unravel the answer to my prayer I am learning how to allow myself to become like the brave people I use to serve and let the Master know, “look, I have problems and I’m here to get help”. I’m here to do the work I need in order to become the good ground God intended me to be. I hope you are too!