Your Only Purpose

Left to itself, a grape plant will always favor new growth over more grapes.

That’s why the vinedresser cuts away unnecessary shoots, no matter how vigorous…

Because a vineyard’s only purpose is… Grapes.

[Secrets of the Vine, p. 59]

Today, I will be bold and honest enough with myself to see, admit and know the difference between leaves and grapes in my life, and treat them accordingly:

  • Cut off and cut back the “leaves”–the good but fruitless things–no matter how vigorously they grow.
  • Thin the branches to allow nourishing sunlight to reach the “grapes”–true success in my most-important things.
  • Add strength and ability to grow new fruit where before there was meager or no harvest.
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