tillingEvery successful gardener knows that before planting the seeds or seedling plants, the soil must be prepared. And the first step is firing up the rototiller or picking up a shovel.

It’s time to turn the ground over. To break up the big chunks. To stir organic material into the natural clay. To loosen the dirt so that future plant roots have room to grow and that air and water can circulate. Otherwise fragile roots may encounter rock-hard ground and never get the nutrition they need for healthy growth.

My life sometimes needs the same upheaval. Otherwise I risk becoming hard and the new growth I desire is stunted. I can stagnate in a world full of opportunities if I never break out of my rut.

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So how do I break new ground in my life? Through change. By trying a new routine or adopting a fresh outlook on an old habit. I shake things up again, even if only for a season. Read a book by a new author. Turn the dial to a new radio station. Take a different route home. Try a new recipe or restaurant. Explore a different genre of writing. Make a new friend. Visit a museum or even my town’s visitor’s center to learn something new.

Once I’ve broken out of my shell of familiar habits, I find a breath of fresh air and inspiration.

(While this blog originally posted in 2010, you can find more Devotions From the Garden on the Books page.)

What about you? Is there an area of your life that’s needs tilling? How?


Breaking New Ground
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