In the only barber shop in the small town where I was raised, the question was always asked, “Just a little off the top?” This was the signal to indicate what you wanted your “future” to look like. Regardless of the answer given, the results were the same with some off the top, sides and back. I often wondered if my mom had called him in advance to tell him how my hair should be cut, disregarding any instructions I supplied. I soon observed, however, that most patrons walking out of the barber shop received “THE SAME” haircut without real distinction. There was little disappointment in the product without nearby alternatives. In my yard each spring,
I give many plants a “haircut” by pruning them into a shape I want them to become as they grow. Without pruning, they would become misshapen and lose their intended appearance and value. After pruning they burst forth in full bloom and grow as planned. I see a parallel between pruning and small town haircuts. If I want my future to be what I desire and what Heavenly Father intends, I must willingly submit to the needed shaping through the experiences and challenges which He designs for my growth.