Stick to your Principle!

If spiritual growth seems elusive no matter how hard we work, maybe we need a better sense of what governs this growth

A Neighbor of mine had a vine with orchid-like blooms that she hoped would grow to cover her new lath arbor. The vine was carefully planted; its young shoots were twined in an upward direction from the arbor's base. But it sprouted several other shoots that began to grow away from the arbor. Though this hindered the vine's upward growth, my neighbor said she couldn't bring herself to prune them because she loved their beautiful flowers.

Some weeks later I noticed that the vine's growth on the arbor had almost come to a standstill, but the straying shoots had multiplied into a droopy tangle that clogged an adjacent walkway. Indulging a fondness for a few short-lived blossoms, my neighbor had consciously abandoned the pruning that would have brought her to her goal of a lovely vine-covered arbor.

In next week's Sentinel—
April 18, 1994

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