Whenever I see a UFC fighter raise his hand to praise God and Jesus after winning a fight, I wonder if I would ever be so public with my faith. Ben Henderson is never shy about expressing himself and thanking God — whether he wins or loses.
photo credit: Esther Lin
Well as of today, I’m coming out of the “spiritual closet”. I’m going to start sharing my favorite verses from the bible. My intention is to grow in the Word and to spark conversation with believers, non-believers and anyone else who feels like joining in.
I love learning new lessons about life. I can be stubborn and that makes it harder for me to get the point. And…as I look around me, I see that I’m not the only one trying to work out how to get to the finish line with everything done that God put me on earth to do before I return to home base — otherwise known as Heaven.
John 15: 2
“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:2
Different bibles have different translations. This version makes it very clear that God is interested in me — and also in you. I like to think that God is guiding me — cutting off dead branches and leaving the good ones to bear fruit.
After reading this bible verse, I did some pruning of thoughts in my mind. I often return to decision points from my past and wonder, “Hmmm…what if I had made a different decision?”
For me, this is a colossal waste of my time and energy. The fact is, I chose already. What’s left is a branch that is not bearing fruit, but is still taking up emotional energy.
Interrupt the Pattern, Change the Game
With each new season comes the opportunity to clean out closets, delete contacts (Lol!) and take some time to prune and tidy up those places that have been ignored for too long.
Axe or Pruning Shears?
What I’m learning, by placing my faith in God, is that He will nudge me or push me (I said I was stubborn) in the right direction. It’s up to me to allow people and things to leave my life. No reason to hang on to dead wood. No reason to let those thoughts take up room in my mind.
- What are you resisting?
- What are you holding onto that you should have let go of long ago?