Pruning Your Life

Transitioning into a new season in life can be tough.  We have different ebbs and flows that we have in our relationships with our spouse, children and friends, but, we also have seasons that we go through with them as well.  We have friends or acquaintances that are only intended to be with us for a season, not multiples.  How often do we try to hang on to them longer than what they were intended to be there?  It’s hard to put closure, sometimes, on those friendships, but that closure is what is needed for us to move on to the next part of our journey that God has us on.  Why is it that we try to always cling to the past when God is trying to get us to let go?  Why can’t we just trust that He has something better for us on the next leg of our voyage…if only we would take that step in following Him?

“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.”  –Henry Cloud

Pruning can hurt.  I’m not gonna lie.  Pruning is to cut or lop off superfluous or undesired twigs, branches, or roots from; trim, to rid or clear of (anything superfluous or undesirable), to remove (anything considered superfluous or undesirable).

Branches have a purpose on a tree.  Branches also die and need to be removed from the tree so that it can stay healthy.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 (ESV) For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

The word this year that had kept playing over and over and over again in my head in BALANCE.  That is our goal for this year.  To bring BALANCE back into our lives.  When I first heard it, I thought God was just telling me to bring balance to our schedule, but it was more than that.  It was time to prune.  It was time to prune not only our schedule, but also our diet and most importantly, our minds.  I have a lot of “thought baggage” that I need to finally let go of that has weighed me down for years.  For me to really bring balance to my life, I need to start there and everything else will fall in line.  First, a pruning must happen and I must let go of things that were only meant for a season.

So, when you examine your life as it is right now, are there things or people who you should be letting go of (or pruning)?  Is there baggage that you are to put down and be done with so you are able to move forward, the way God is wanting you to?  Are you allowing yourself to be held back out of fear of letting go?  There is peace in balance, if we would only let it happen.  You can do it!  Just trust Him.  =)  Be Blessed!