The tree is a flowering dogwood with brilliant color in the spring and fall and shade throughout the summer.
It has great potential.
Only problem is there are dead branches on the tree, some as high as 20 feet or so. The long-gone branches are hanging on, but gave up being a live, vibrant part of the tree.
As a result, their ugly grey limbs reach out into the sky, and obscure living branches and leaves that are trying to feed the tree and keep it alive.
Oh, the living parts of the tree are still visible and together can be appealing and productive. But the dead branches poke and prod, unproductive and blocking progress.
There's such a tree in my back yard and recently I had to cut away those dead limbs. It was hard work, messy at times, but it needed to be done.
The end result is that we now enjoy a much healthier tree, and a much more appealing part of our back yard.
The experience has made me think of pruning that can be done to improve my personal life and contributions for my community and above all my Lord.
That cutting away won't be easy, but it needs to be done, like pounds that need to be lost and television that I can do without.
Lately I'm wondering if that life pruning also needs to be my work for this paper.
I need to pray about this...after all, pruning and cutting above all requires caution.
To be continued...