Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Proverbs 14:4, Messes, and Pruning

A long time ago I wrote about how I find many Proverbs uninspiring.

But I recently read Proverbs 14:4 and love it.
Where there are no oxen the stall is clean,
But a multitude of production is in the strength of the ox.
Sometimes the only way to proceed is to let things get messy. With spiritual progress, that's often true.

After all, it's the productive vine-branches that get pruned. The last time God tried to prune you, did you take it as a compliment? Did you consider what change in habits or thoughts or mindsets should be a consequence of accepting the pruning? Were you grateful?