I live in Goshen, Indiana – also known as “The Maple City.” We’ve got maple trees everywhere.

They’re pretty to look at and provide nice shade in the summer, but man do those suckers spawn.

They have these helicopter seeds which spin through the air in search of a home. Often, that home happens to be somewhere you don’t want them. Like the bushes in your front yard.

The thing about maple trees is that they’re trees. So if you don’t pull them out when they’re little, you’ve got a big fight on your hands later.

I waited too long, and now those trees are permanent, unwanted guests. I can’t dig them out because they’re in too deep. If I tried, it would damage the bushes. So at best, I’m left to cutting them back each year.

This wouldn’t be a problem except that they’re resource hogs; stealing water and soil space that my bushes need to thrive.

It’s a hard life, I know.

Anyways, it got me thinking about how little things left unchecked can become big things if we’re not careful. Little sins, little habits, little misunderstands, little grudges – all of these can grow into major problems. What starts as “no big deal” can quickly become lodged in our lives – stealing valuable time, energy, and resources… robbing us of kingdom fruitfulness.

It’s so easy to justify one bad little habit here and another tiny character flaw there. Before long, we discover we’ve got big problems because those small things we allowed into our lives were actually seeds. And seeds like to grow.

I want the right things flourishing in my life and the wrong things uprooted. I want to be proactive about this, not reactive. I want my energy to be unhindered.

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