God calls out saying, “Break up your fallow ground. Circumcise your heart. Let my fire burn away impurities.” Now, honestly, those don’t sound like enjoyable activities, do they? Think of the work involved in turning a lawn, a weedy area (or a pathway) into a garden. Hard digging, stone removal and constant vigilance are part of the endeavor; it is hard, hard work. Or consider what it means to circumcise the heart…let the Sword of the Spirit strip away the calluses and dead skin of the heart. Allow the knife to expose the healthy skin below: painful! The holy righteousness of God burning away idols and mis-spent time creates ash piles of things we wrongly treasure. That is some tough stuff—perhaps that is why we prefer to look at the wrong in the lives of others.