Daily Devotion: Shake it off/Take off your weights, run the race!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

1 Corinthians 9:24

Think of the people in your life. Are there people who you consistently work hard to help, teach, heal, console, etc.? Now imagine that you’re running a race with all of them on your back. That would make it impossible to win, right?

The race is your journey to success and self-actualization. Do not let anyone slow you down or replace you at the finish line. Do not try to drag them behind you or carry them across the line–even if you finish, you’ll suffer too many injuries and be too exhausted to even enjoy that you finished the race, let alone the disappointment of running so hard to end up not winning.

Take off your weights! Run the race! The most valuable people in your life or who you haven’t met yet, will be ready to run alongside you on their own two legs, or to sit in the bleachers cheering you on relentlessly.


just take space

they will find other sources, hopefully
within
stay away from those that need you

to fill a void or
validate or facilitate
things that they should be able
to do themselves

love them anyway
though they keep distorting you
into that old role
they don’t mean to

stop allowing it
you have too much to lose

Daily Devotion: Shake it Off/Pruning

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 NIV

What is pruning? The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that pruning means cutting off or cutting back parts of a plant for better shape or more fruitful growth. We are all God’s creation, and He tends to us with the same meticulous care of a passionate gardener. By snipping away the dead pieces in our lives and our worst habits, He shows us how to grow into the shape that He originally formed us in.

Think of it this way; a tree that is still sharing its nutrients and resources with its dead branches cannot grow to its greatest height or health since the growth has to be parsed into parts of itself that cannot even grow.  The same goes for us, if we spend all of our time pouring into our dead branches (toxic relationships, the wrong career, self-sabotaging habits, etc.) we starve the healthy limbs, eventually becoming completely barren. It hurts to be pruned–to have parts of yourself and your world cutaway, but rejoice in knowing that this moment of pain only makes way for new healthy, fruit-bearing branches.

For this week’s meditations, I’ll be featuring poems from my ebook, genesis!


when God
is ready to prune you
there’s no stopping it

you gotta hand Him those clippings
don’t hold on

that someone or something
will rot

no matter what you do

preposterous

art can be absurd
art can be as absurd
as being human can be
let's be real.

stop trying to seek perfection
in creation
even God's creations
are imperfect

and He can do no wrong.

Sitting at SLAM underground, listening to a rather absurd, yellow-clad band of free spirits sing about their love for egg salad, it dawned on me: it really doesn’t matter what or how you create it, or being perfect; it’s about just squeezing it out regardless. I decided in that moment to stop letting perfectionism be a stumbling block for my writing!

STL Art Museum, SLAM Underground DIY Night