John 15:1-2 says “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. "
There will be times in your life when you will be pruned. Branches that are not producing fruit will be cut off.
This might be scary and even painful. It might feel like failure. It might feel like loss. But it is actually part of God's plan to make you more beautiful and more fruitful.
Pruning helps shape us into the people we are meant to be.
If the grapes were allowed to grow on their own, without pruning, the branches would break. They couldn't bear the load.
And so with us too. In times of pruning, we are being strengthened for greater fruitfulness down the road.
Be kind to yourself. Be okay with failure and setbacks.