Youth - October 2014
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October 2014
by Hector Meza

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:1-2

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Prov. 4:23

One Sunday morning, a few weeks ago, I shared about a flower that Lydia and I had entrusted someone to water while we were on vacation. Unfortunately, the person did not water the plant and we arrived to find a shriveled shadow of the once vibrant flower we left. The leaves and stems had mostly turned brown and I honestly thought that the plant was a goner. I was given some hope by the fact that one stem of the flower remained green and the leaves, though clearly dried up, remained a light green color. We were determined to save the flower and so we watered it profusely and added some fresh soil in the hopes of nurturing our flower back to health.

Our efforts seemed to work as the flower was actually able to regain some of its original beauty, albeit only with 3 flowers remaining that bloomed. I imagined that this was the best that we could hope for this flower after the terrible ordeal it had gone through. Then the most interesting thing occurred. Someone (I can’t remember who, but I believe it was Peggy) told me that I should remove the dead leaves from the flower. I went home and did as was suggested. Since then the flower has completely thrived and has even sprouted new stems that look to be producing flowers themselves. It was a miraculous turn of events, but the most dramatic change came from not merely adding good things but taking away the dead things that were choking the plant.

As our students and teachers head into a new school year, I believe that God wants to grow and bless each and every one of them. I’ve asked them to examine their lives and find if there are any areas in their life that God is wanting to prune, things that are choking them from receiving the full blessing of God. We should also examine ourselves. Are we continuing to operate at 75%? 50%? What things do we need to let go of so that we won’t simply enjoy a blessing for ourselves but be able to be a blessing and like our plant cause new life to spring around us? I pray that God would put His finger on those things and give us the strength and courage to trust Him and let the Master Gardener do His work.


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