Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 5

Go down the rows of vineyards and rip out the vines,
   but not all of them. Leave a few.
Prune back those vines! Jeremiah 5:10 (MSG)

I often work with Customer Service teams for different companies. Through the years I’ve worked with teams who balk at the process of being assessed and coached. Often, there is a rebellious attitude throughout the team that keeps them from performing well and creates all kinds of stress for their supervisors and managers. I’ve learned that the best way to deal with this kind of situation is to prune the team. By moving people to different teams and bringing in new team members with different attitudes, you change the dynamic and those left have the opportunity to grow.

Pruning is such a great word picture for different aspects of life. We all need a little pruning from time to time. We need to prune back our commitments so we can have time and space for God to introduce new things in our lives. We could stand to prune back our ever increasing collection of “stuff” that clutters our homes, garages and storage places. Sometimes we need to prune back relationships that steal life and become self destructive.

What do I need to prune back today, this month, this year?

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 5”

  1. 18-19″Even then, as bad as it will be”—God’s Decree!—”it will not be the end of the world for you. And when people ask, ‘Why did our God do all this to us?’ you must say to them, ‘It’s tit for tat. Just as you left me and served foreign gods in your own country, so now you must serve foreigners in their own country.’

    This line of thinking has been on my mind for a year now. I’m starting to believe that I was WAY more prideful and focused on “other gods” than I ever thought I would be. I don’t know if God repays us for our evil, but on more than one occasion I have fallen to my knees to beg God’s forgiveness for my selfishness and hard heart. As humans, we can convince ourselves pretty easily that we are doing the right things, giving back the right amount, using our gifts appropriately for God, etc. All of those realities are what we create, not always what God desires of us. I know that during this trial, God is shaping me and molding me to be a more useful tool in His kingdom.

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