Mowing the Lawn with Mars Hill

For the last four years I have paid a lawn service to mow my yard to free me up to work the three jobs I have.  After paying more than $600 per summer for the last four years I decided to forego the lawn service and do it myself.  I discovered that the time I didn’t think I had to waste on yard work has turned into a valuable investment with great returns. Mowing my own yard had some unexpected benefits.

For one, I never anticipated actually enjoying the work.  My yard is large; it takes about two hours to mow with a standard push mower.  Starting my Saturday’s early with physical work has had emotional, spiritual and physical benefits.  It feels good to be outside, under the sun, accomplishing something of value.

But the real benefit comes from something I have until now never had much use for: a portable CD player.  For several years I’ve subscribed to Mars Hill Audio Journal on CD.  Normally I will listen to the two CDs I receive every other month while commuting to work.  For the last two Saturday’s I’ve listened to them while mowing my yard, making the labor not only productive physically, but allowing me to exercise my mind, as well. Ken Myers, the host and producer of Mars Hill Audio Journal, is an excellent interviewer on wide ranging subjects. I consider his work the antidote to the scandal of the evangelical mind.

Mowing my lawn with Mars Hill has caused me to reconsider the value of the iPod. I’ve never owned one, though I’ve purchased one for each of my kids.  Maybe I’ll take half my savings from mowing the yard myself this summer  and invest it in one of those ubiquitous devices so that I, too, can be hip and cool.  Maybe my church’s attendance will begin to increase when people find out just how hip and cool I am.