The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. Lk 8:14. We live in a time when there are so many distractions to keep us away from God that many Christians can find themselves walking a tightrope of faith trying to keep a foot in their faith and one in the world without ever fully living up to their God given potential. We need a rock solid faith where we know the love of Jesus in our heart and the promptings of the Holy Spirit guiding our steps. We must be willing to trust God and walk in His ways without allowing ourselves to be caught up in the busyness of life that tries to crowd God out of our life. Praise God today that as we take a stand for our faith we will grow into the maturity and fullness that God has for our life.