Prune Your Life and Grow
I could never be accused of being a “green thumb”. My landscape in my yard is a mess. I don’t make it a priority and only work on it every now and then. The other day I strolled past a grouping of plants on the side of my house and discovered they were not thriving and growing. The weeds don’t seem to have a problem growing, especially with all the rainfall over the past month.
I stare at the plants and gaze at the old and decaying leaves from the previous season. The decayed leaves are intertwined and smothering the new leaves trying to survive and grow. “Ahhh!” I whisper to myself as I realize I was probably supposed to pull out the old leaves to make way for the new ones. Those poor plants don’t have a shot of thriving under my care especially when I don’t take the time to prune them and allow them a shot at life and growth!
How often do we allow our lives to be tangled and bogged down with issues and junk from our past? It doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative issue either. It could be a recurring task or relationship that had a season of growth and prosperity in our lives, but now it’s time to move on and make way for something new as we grow into what we are becoming and what God intended for us.
We must be diligent and intentional as we move from one season to the next and take inventory of what we allow into our lives on a daily basis. What worked for us a few years ago may hold us back now. It might not be easy to let go and prune our lives. In fact, I guarantee it will be hard, but necessary if we plan to grow and thrive.
Here are three things to consider as you prune your life.
- Seek counsel. Ask someone you can trust to help you identify areas of your life that need to be adjusted or cut out. It’s much easier for a friend to notice an issue, so allow them to help and give you the feedback.
- Seek God. Pray for guidance. An active prayer life is necessary for growth. God has a plan, so listen and be open for what stirs in your heart as a result.
- Take a day for yourself and reflect on your life. Get away from your normal routine and reflect on what is going well in your life, what you are struggling with right now, and what excites you. Then take a deep breath, clear your mind, shut down all distractions and listen to what your heart is telling you. Write down your thoughts and ponder what you discover.
- Test drive. Pick one thing you can cut out of your life and then give it a trial run. You might be surprised at how easy it is to let go. Then, do it again with another area of your life and keep going until you begin to feel the burden of all that dead weight lifted off your shoulders.
Pruning is necessary for growth. All living things must shed the old to allow the new to grow. Your life is no different, so start the process of pruning and enjoy what lies ahead of you. What will you prune today?