"It was planted in good soil beside abundant waters, that it might yield branches and bear fruit and become a splendid vine." Ezekiel 17:8
When my aunt was ill, I visited her home a weekly basis to water her plants. I would fill up one of her watering cans and water each of the plants. 4 in all.
Or so I thought.
Then one day I was visiting her in the hospital and she asked how her plants were doing. I told her the 2 plants in the kitchen were fine. She asked then how the plant in the living room was doing.
I said: "Both plants in the living room are doing great!"
"Both plants? There is only one plant in the living room. That other large plant is fake."
Then I realized: I had been watering a FAKE plant for almost a month! I had spent time and energy on something that was not even alive, and would never grow.
This prompted me to think about my own life and how many "dead" things I may be watering and nurturing (friendships, projects, etc.) It made me think about how many things I was watering that would never "bear fruit." By the end of my reflection time, I had a list of a few things I could now let go so that I could have the energy and resources to nurture something that would be fruitful.
I encourage you to do the same! Take some time this week to make a list of all of the things that require your time and energy. Then, also think about the return of investment on those things. Are you constantly sowing into the dreams and projects of others and have no room for your own? Now is the time to stop "watering" what will never grow so that you can see your own harvest come to fruition.
Prayer focus: Focus, Time management