Luke 8:4-8 NIV
 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:  “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.  Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
A farmer (or a nurseryman) spends a lot of time preparing the soil, keeping weeds at bay and applying fertiliser and so on. I guess there are things we can do to ensure our lives are fruitful places for Gods word to grow – we can feed our minds with good things and avoid some of the junk that it is so easy to allow to divert us; we can take the good seed of Gods word and allow it to dwell in our hearts. It’s probably different for each of us but the effort is always repaid with a good crop!
Lord, help me to hear your word and not to allow it to be snatched away or choked by all the stuff around. Let me find delight in you.