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A Word with You - Feb. 3, 2009

  • 2018 Feb 03


When Less is More

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If you say the word "garden," I immediately think of my friend Mel. He has one of the best-kept, most productive gardens I've ever seen. I've eaten some of the fruits and vegetables of his labor. Growing up as I did in an apartment in Chicago, I have a lot to learn about gardens. I'm horticulturally challenged. Now, Mel has taught me a lot. One section of his garden is dedicated to his grapes. And when those vines start growing, He does something that looks very strange to a city-slicker like me. He goes after those vines with pruning shears. He starts cutting away branches - a lot of branches. It's called pruning.

Mel tells me that cutting that vine back will concentrate the vine's resources and produce far more fruit. Try explaining that to the poor vine that's getting its branches hacked away. If a vine could talk, he might say, "Hey! Hey! What are you doing to me?" And if Mel wanted to talk to a vine, which I hope I never hear him doing, he might say, "I'm doing this for your good so you'll produce more." I can hear the vine, "Right! Then how come it feels like you're killing me?" If I didn't know better now, I'd think the way to more fruit is to have more branches, not less. But it doesn't work that way.

Copyright © 2008 Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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