It is a verb and its definition is to remove something considered unnecessary or unwanted. It’s also means to cut branches away from a plant to encourage fuller growth. You’re probably wondering exactly where I’m going with this and guess what; I’m taking you on the journey right now. So, strap on your seatbelts because it will definitely get bumpy and it might hurt a little.
While we’re almost three months into the year 2009, many of us have experienced a lot of things in the past year and like most of us, we’d prefer that all those negative things stay in the past. Unfortunately, life doesn’t seem to work that way. Whether you believe in God or not, everyone has their own predetermined path in life that includes many ups and downs, twists and turns, loves and heartbreaks, and laughter and sadness. Plus, while all of these events are taking place, you’re taking your own personal journey and discovering who you are, what you want out of life, and how you want to live. While the experience of life can be a great one, there will be bumps in the road and some of them might be bigger than others. Right now, you may have someone in your life that doesn’t support your dreams or they may criticize how you are because it doesn’t flow with the rest of the world. You’re probably in a relationship with a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife and it seems like ever since you’ve been with them, life hasn’t been the best that it could be. Or, maybe you’ve finally come to understand who you are but your friends or other people don’t like this “new” you. Well, now it’s time to become a gardener and to start some pruning.
Throughout our lives, we’ll meet people or go through situations for a reason or season. And, through those times, we’ll welcome the lifetime expectations. The first part that I mentioned is what I like to call the “pruning phase”. People or situations that come into your life for a reason are meant to teach you a lesson and once the lesson is learned, they’re no longer there. People or situations that come into your life for a season are there to instill values and wisdom within you to prepare you for your future. Lifetime expectations are the ones who’ll be there with you through everything, give you a shoulder to cry on, listen to your problems when you need someone to talk to, and make you laugh through your hard times. At first, it will be hard to recognize these people because some will try to manipulate and deceive you. But, the key to being a good gardener is knowing what to keep that will make you grow and what to prune away that will stunt your growth. This process is going to hurt because you’ll feel like you’re cutting away things that you need but know it’s not good for you and that’s okay. Life is too short to be compromising just to please someone else who doesn’t think you’re worthy. You have dreams and aspirations that drive you to wake up in the morning and make it hard to sleep because you’re so inspired and driven. But, when you don’t prune away the unwanted things, those dreams and aspirations will start to slip away day by day and you might lose parts of yourself. To the person that is reading this right now, don’t fret about the loves you lost in the past or friends who are no longer there. It’s all part of the pruning process to make you better. And you know what else, when you come to the place in your life when you feel your absolute best, you’ll be rewarded with your lifetime expectations. Anything you want out of life will require work, but the result will be a beautiful outcome and an overflow of blessings. Do yourself a favor, start pruning!!!!
Kisses and hugs,