Renewal for the Cause of Life, Part 1: Clean Out

For You From The Word

Some seeds fell on rocky soil … they withered because they had no root. (Matthew 13:5-6, NIV)

For You To Think About

First in a series of renewing your passion for the cause of life

As the calendar moves from winter to spring, homeowners alternately rejoice and despair.

woman reading Bible outside in act of renewal

We enjoy the warmer weather outdoors and prepare our yards for the new growing season … yet those tasks require work.

If the garden is not cleared, this season’s plants will struggle to put down strong roots. Leaves and debris have accumulated. Old plants must be uprooted and rocks removed from the beds to make way for new growth.

Examine Your Heart

Just as debris accumulates in your garden over winter, it can be easy to let attitudes accumulate in your heart during a long season of service. Take time to examine your heart.

If your heart throbs to come alongside those who need support and help during an unplanned pregnancy, then thank God and continue to serve.

But if you’ve found your outlook has grown complacent, apathetic, or simply too comfortable in the status quo, ask God to help you examine the beds in your heart … and maybe clear them out. The roots of your passion for life need room to stretch and grow once again.

The fight for life can be long, like winter. But where the soil of your heart is cleared out and cultivated, there is new life.

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the promise of spring. Help me examine my heart and my passion for serving the cause of life. Reveal any attitudes that need to be cleared away so that I can be used effectively by You. Let my passion for life grow deep roots.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.


More about Renewal

Renewal in the Cause of Life, Part 2: Pruning

Renewal in the Cause of Life, Part 3: Tilling

Renewal: God Works through the Winter

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