Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Pruning Out the Useless

Down the road from where I live is a grape vineyard. Uncared for. Neglected. The trellised vines are still standing, but the amount of fruit produced is negligible.

Farmers know that they need to prune their trees and plants in order to be productive. Excessive limbs and vines are cut out so they don’t block sunshine and hog all the space. Fruit is then allowed to grow to a respectable productive size.

unpruned grape vines small


I suppose the small vineyard down the road hasn’t been removed, maybe for sentimental reasons, or just because no one wants to do the work. It’s not hurting anyone and the little bit of fruit is probably feeding the birds. But is there more?

What would stop me from pruning?

Am I holding on to useless thoughts that block the sunshine of truth?

Am I neglecting to prune out excessive nonsense that prohibits the fruits of Spirit from growing?

A list of useless thoughts and actions includes: praying my life away; keeping things I don’t need; deluding myself into thinking something in this world is complete and perfect; retiring into apathy.


From 21st Century Science and Health:

Calling on Mind to forgive our unfinished or sloppy work, is useless.

Uselessness and backwardness are not legitimate states. God made us free

Paul writes, “If Christ [Truth] has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”[1] That is, if the idea of the supremacy of Spirit doesn’t come to your consciousness, you cannot be benefited by what I say.

Until the opponents of divine Science test its efficacy according to its rules which reveal its usefulness or uselessness, it would be fair to observe the Scriptural precept, “Do not judge.”[2]

Surely we need to do more than preserve unreliable and useless dogmas, derived from religious traditions and stamped with human approval or authorization.

[1] I Cor. 15:14 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)

[2] Matt. 7:1; Luke 6:37; John 7:24

  • Christine Houser

    Great points you touched on in this article. As a spiritual artists, sometimes I randomly start and stop work on a piece. Letting go is huge, if I was meant to stop the work, it should be that way.

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