Die when I may, I want it said of me that I plucked a weed and planted a flower where ever I thought a flower would grow. (Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States)

Lincoln had the unique gift of expressing great truths in the simple terms. His analogy of weeds and flowers is a clear reminder of a great life-principle: replace the evil and unpleasant in life with the good and pleasing. It’s not just talking, but actually doing that is so important. Let’s look for opportunities to replace the ugly with the beautiful.

Live such good lives among the pagans that . . . they may see your good deeds and glorify God (1 Peter 2:12). And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).