There is nothing more difficult to go through in life than the pruning process. It never feels good, is sometimes bitter sweet (depending on what’s being cut off), but is necessary for growth, beauty, and fruitfulness. It is absolutely amazing how differently life looks from the “in your 40’s” window than all other looking glasses of your life. There is an unyielding amount of clarity that hindsight brings, and if you are not careful and securely grounded in WHO YOU ARE with a focus on WHO YOU ARE TO BECOME, what you discover through the looking glass can be devastating and lead to sadness, shame, and regret. However, WHEN you come to the understanding that the WHOLE ENTIRE YOU of who you are THIS DAY is filled with the ingredients of the every little bits and pieces of who you USED to be yesterday, you realize that each and every THING had its measure (whether great or small) in the tasteful recipe that makes up YOU.
The most profound statement I have found my Pastor RL Jackson to make, and the one I most closely identify with is this (and of course I’m paraphrasing because I can never seem to say exactly what he does… LOL) “…if you allow your yesterday to find its way into today, you have just killed your tomorrow”. My mantra is never to bring anything DEAD into what is ALIVE and THRIVING. When you bring your past pains, hurts, traumas, and regrets into your present you are bringing what’s dead and gone into what should be thriving and poisoning it to the point of death without a yield. That is the premise and advantage of pruning. When trees are pruned, their dead is cut off so that preservation can occur. Likewise in life, you must cut off the dead things, the offensive things, the things without yield and fruitfulness (and yes that also includes people as well) so that you can preserve what is alive and well on this inside of you. So that you can bare wonderful fruit from your foliage. So that you can be all that you were destined to be in the first place.