by Sandy Kirby Quandt
This morning I cut back fern fronds and philodendron vines which surround snake plants, and noticed something that shouldn’t have surprised me, but did.
The dead fronds and vines entangled several of the snake plant leaves, pulling them down to their level, and keeping the snake plant from reaching to the sky. I thought the leaves were strong enough to fight against the things pulling them down, but they weren’t.
As I cut away the dead, I released the living.
While I thought about my plants, I thought about our lives.
Sometimes the fronds and vines of life which used to be alive and thriving shrivel and die. If we aren’t careful, those dying things can entangle us, and pull us down to their level. They can keep us from reaching the sky and our full potential.
The things that entangle can be lies; our lies, or the lies of others. Past hurts and unforgiveness can drag us down. Carrying the burden of slavery to sin keeps us from reaching our potential.
How can we move forward if we’re always looking behind us?
Fortunately, just as I was able to cut away the dead that entangled my plants, Jesus Christ is able to cut away the dead in our lives that entangles and keeps us from reaching our full potential through his power. He is the One who removes the shackles Satan loves to entangle us with.
So, who’s with me? Let’s take those shackles off our feet so we can dance, and praise the Gardener who lovingly snips away the dead to release the living.
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Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. Galatians 5:1 (MSG)
I wish you well.
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