Pams rose

Photo by Pamela Brown

Yesterday, I was out in the yard pruning the rose bushes.  The question struck me, “why do the roses need to be pruned?”  The obvious answer is that the branches from last year die off, dry up, and become an ugly, thorn-filled mess.

Already, the warmth of spring has stirred the plant to grow new shoots at the base.  The signs of life are there, but the new growth in hindered by the old, thorny branches that have died.

Pruning is necessary in our lives as well.  We all start off as beautiful, unencumbered infants – clear skin, shiny hair, stress-free souls.  As we age, we accumulate baggage in our souls and bodies – un-forgiveness, stress, broken relationships, too much sun exposure, softball injuries.

We all need, from time to time, to prune away the dead, unnecessary things that have accumulated in our lives.  This is one of the core concepts of minimalism - to rid our lives of the useless or redundant items that have collected in our closets and basements.  It is not only a physical purging, but a spiritual/emotional one as well - let go of the past – the hurt, the disappointment, the failures.

Make room for the new in your life – the future, the opportunities waiting around the corner.

Jesus said:

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  John 15:1-2

God wants us to bear much fruit in our lives – healthy, beautiful, delicious fruit.  We must allow Him to prune away the dead, unproductive components of our lives.  This will make space for what is productive and useful – for those things that truly matter.

What can you do today to prune away and discard the dead branches of your life?

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