Pruning. It's not fun. You go through a season of being trimmed like branches, cutting off the parts that don't produce fruit.
It can be painful.
Lately I have sensed the Lord doing this very thing in my own life. Pointing out to me which of the things he would like to prune.
Taking that which might be hard, and turning it into something beautiful.
I would call it more of a grinding them away right now. Pulling back on the layers of my sinfulness. It hurts. It's not coming without a struggle.
Holding my tongue when I don't have something nice to say. Forgiving and not becoming bitter. Serving and not expecting it to be noticed. Loving someone even though I may not feel like it. Getting rid of anger, jealousy, and envy. Not letting anxiety and worry consume me. Realizing my worth comes from Jesus alone, and not trying to get it elsewhere. Being aware of how I am acting.
It takes work to learn something new. Going over and over it again and again. I notice the Lord is doing this in a way with me. Becoming aware of lies I have been believing. Learning instead how to live. It takes effort on my part, to move in a direction so the Lord can work. Sometimes I want to hold on to the old because it's all that I know, even though it's not the best thing for me. But I can see glimpses of where I can be, if I will let the Lord continue to mold me. I may struggle more than usual to get there, but I need to keep going.
I'm not sure where I am going with this as I write it, but for anyone else who finds themselves in a similar season, let the Lord do the pruning. Submit to the changes he wants to make in your life. It can be tough I won't lie. But I have seen what he can to when you let him. He is shaping you into the beautiful creation you are meant to be. But sometimes to see the beauty, you have to strip away the things that aren't. Or to grow, some things may need to be trimmed to be healthy. Keep going! You will be glad you did.