I’m a pitiful gardener. I have to plant flowers that will live in spite of me and only the hardiest survive. My absolute favorite flower is the Cosmo. They are so prolific that just a few plants fill an entire bed. To me, they are pure delight as their willowy form literally explodes with brightly colored flowers of hot pink, fushia, and pale pink. When I see them I smile inside and out.

But now nearing the end of Fall, they’ve completed their season of productivity. It’s time to pull them up and til the bed in preparation for next season. I know it’s time for seasonal transition when the plants stop producing blooms and dry up.

When it comes to my own seasons of life however, I’m not so great at recognizing when it’s time for change. Sometimes the things I volunteered for years ago I’m still doing even though the joy that used to be present for me in it is no longer there.

Ever happen to you? Perhaps no one else ever stepped up to help in that area so you’ve simply continued to show up and put in the time. Or maybe like me, you hate to disappoint anyone and you dread telling your leadership you wish to quit because you hate seeing that desperate pleading look on their faces.

Whatever the reason behind your present situation, there’s no denying that what used to be joyful and life-giving is now become a life-sucking, joyless chore. It is time to “clean your beds”; pull out what’s dead and til the soil in prep for your next season of life and service.

I know that this used to be so hard for me because I wasn’t sure what would fill that vacancy in my heart…that place in me that longs for meaningful, creative work. Rest assured, God will bring new opportunities aligned with your season of growth, using all you’ve learned thus far on your journey and readying you for what is to come. Maybe this is about trusting Him for what comes next for you.

Another thing I have to keep in mind is that for every “yes” I say, I’m saying “no” to something else. Are the things I’m still saying yes to worth more to me than what I’m then having to refuse?

Finally, I fear that if I don’t do it, it won’t get done. Maybe then the task has run its course and it’s no longer fruitful— and everyone knows it but me! Or just maybe, the someone who would enjoy it is just waiting for a vacancy to appear before stepping up. If it is meant to continue, God will provide what is necessary.

Time to take a closer look now at your crazy-busy schedule. Which of those things which delighted you in their season now needs to be pulled out to make room for your next season of fruitfulness? And don’t forget to relish this dormant season in your commitments. Dormancy allows for internal growth and power to be productive in the next season. Don’t delay in this because joy awaits you!

What things have you determined to purge from your schedule? What obstacles to change do you anticipate? Share with us in the comment section below.

If you have trouble being honest with people in your life, I’d like to help you process that and see how you can become more honest with them. 

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Posted by Lee Ann

Hi, I'm Lee Ann, an extrovert; perpetual learner; book collector; Jesus-follower; A “doer” in recovery; Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Greater Denver, CO

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