Digging Out The Old Roots To Plant Something New

Digging Out Roots Is Hard Work

Digging out roots is hard work. Today, I tackled a project I had been putting off for a while.  It was time to remove two old bushes in front of our house. I used hedge shears to cut the bushes as low as possible and then began the exhausting task of digging out the roots. These were very thorny bushes. I have lost count of the scratches I’ve endured while trimming them over the years. They were old, ugly, and not in the best of health. It was time to close the book on their existence and prepare to plant something new.

As I was laboring to dig out the roots of the bushes, a thought crossed my mind. Without removing the roots, planting the new is impossible. Digging out the roots was difficult, but it had to be done. Starting over requires digging out the unnecessary. How similar this is to life!

Life Change Requires Removal Of Old Roots

Think about your own life. Consider the times in life you’ve realized you need to make a change. Major changes in life often require digging out and removing what is holding you back. Often, as with the thorny bushes, the old has caused you pain. Sometimes, you realize starting afresh and beginning again requires digging out the old junk and disposing of it.

There are countless issues that can take root in our lives. These unnecessary roots, like the thorny bushes, often produce painful consequences. Moving on to happiness, contentment, and a sense of purpose requires removing old roots. These roots prevent us from planting the good things that will propel us forward. What roots do you need to remove? What holds you back from planting something new?  

Different Types Of Roots In Life

Often, the roots are toxic relationships that must be eliminated. Maybe the roots are negative attitudes or self-defeating ideas. The roots holding you back could be bitterness, anger, jealousy, shame, doubt, fear, or insecurity. Many roots can hold you back. To plant something new, they must be removed. At one time, one root holding back my wife and me back was materialism. Our root of materialism grew into a massive tree of debt. We wanted to “keep up with the Joneses”.  In trying to do so, we used credit to buy things we couldn’t afford. We had to dig out the root of materialism and dispose of it. Only then could we plant our mission to become debt free.

The roots we allow to dig deep into our lives affect us and others. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:15 “Look after each other so that none of you fail to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”

It’s Time To Start Digging

Changes in your life may require you to do some digging. You may need to remove old roots so you can plant something new. Removing old roots isn’t easy. It requires you to be honest with yourself and risk criticism. Others may criticize your changes. But, your life isn’t about them; it’s about you and God. Seek God’s direction in what you do and you can’t go wrong.

I love what the Bible says about trusting God in Jeremiah. In Jeremiah 17:7-8 is says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its ROOTS by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  Roots can be good if they are the right ones. The wrong ones must be removed.  Do you need a fresh start? God spoke through the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 43:19 and said, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

Dig out the roots holding you back. Get busy! God has plans for your life. Discover his plans and plant the new!  

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,



1 thought on “Digging Out The Old Roots To Plant Something New”

  1. Wow this was beautiful. I had to dig out my ‘roots’ two years ago in order to be happier. I remember praying to God because I was so tired of everything. Then I started seeing signs all over and I knew what I had to do. It was not easy. Like you said, digging out ‘roots’ takes hard work. Not easy because I literally had to start over again and find myself because I had no idea who I was. This life is so beautiful, I’m glad I get to see that now. 🙂

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