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Pastor Debbie's E-Devotion - June 29, 2017

For a few weeks now I've been mowing the lawn and working around the broken branch that hangs slightly into the yard. It's not a big deal and I keep thinking that I'll cut it off (eventually) so it's no longer in the way.

And yet, each week, after mowing the lawn, I rarely want to go back out to cut it off. So, it remains...broken, yet attached.

 

I've wondered at my apathy (laziness?) and whether cutting it off would really change anything. And after 3 weeks of mowing around it and failing to cut it off, I realized it's brokenness is more of a hindrance than just to mow the yard...it's a hindrance to the whole of the tree. See, the tree is still supplying food and water. It's sending valuable resources to a branch that can hardly bear fruit or last long. It would benefit the tree to have that broken branch gone so it could more fully nourish the healthier parts of the tree.

 

Of course, being a theologian...I looked for the God connection and thought that we do that all too often in our own lives and in the life of the church. We know something is broken and a hindrance, but it's not that much of a hindrance, so we keep working around it. Only, the reality is, it's costing us much more than a few extra steps. The broken thing, the thing that needs to be pruned back is also requiring time and energy that could be better invested elsewhere.

 

It's time for me to cut the branch. This weekend, I promise. ;) And, it might be time for you to do some cutting of your own. Is there something broken yet hanging on? Requiring time and energy and attention that could be better invested elsewhere? Why haven't you cut it off? What might bloom if you could give your goodness to a different place in your life?

 

 

 

May God bless you,
Pastor Debbie

 

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