Changing from one thing to the next chapter can be tiring, challenging or even scary. Doubts may creep in.

We have decided that we have to reduce the amount of yard work needed to keep our half-acre lot. So we are returning the high maintenance flower beds back to grass.

To do that we have to remove all the weeds and all the flowers. Some flowers we move to another bed we plan to keep. Some flowers we plan to give away. But all have to be dug up or pulled up, depending on their destiny.

My Grandson and I digging out Shasta Daisies, Evening Primrose and weeds

My Grandson and I digging out Shasta Daisies, Evening Primrose and weeds

My Grandson even helped tearing out my wildflower bed, which I’ve been working on for three years. That comes close to heartbreaking, but what has to be done – has to be done. We can’t keep up this pace any longer.

As usual, it made me think. Getting rid of old habits and traditions, some even that were good for us but do not suit our new pathway, pulls at our emotional being through nostalgia. “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I no longer used childish ways” (1 Corinthians 13:11 God’s Word).

Yet, to move ahead with Jesus in front means looking forward, not back. “Brothers and sisters, I can’t consider myself a winner yet. This is what I do: I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus. Whoever has a mature faith should think this way. And if you think differently, God will show you how to think. However, we should be guided by what we have learned so far” (Philippians 3:13-16 God’s Word).

Philippians 3:13-16