â€˜There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavensâ€¦ a time to plant and a time to uprootâ€¦ a time to tear down and a time to buildâ€™ (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3)
My five-year-old son refuses to wear trousers. No matter what the weather, heâ€™ll insist on wearing shorts. His favourite pair are a slightly garish plaid design in blue, yellow and green. So it was a sad day last week when it became clear those shorts just donâ€™t fit him anymore. When I checked the label, I realised the shorts were meant for 2-3 year-olds. No wonder they didnâ€™t fit a five-year-old! But heâ€™s outgrown them. Some new shorts will need to be bought.
It can be hard to let go of something good â€“ something you might even have loved. But sometimes, in order to grow, in order for something even better to be possible, we have to leave something good behind.
This has been our experience recently. This month, we said goodbye to PCM, with whom we had partnered for eight years. It was a very difficult decision to go our separate ways, because so much good has come from our partnership and because the PCM team are still very dear friends of ours. But BCT and PCM have both outgrown this partnership and there is not much more either organisation could do to strengthen the other. In order for both sides to grow, flourish and see God do even greater things, it is the right time to say goodbye.
We truly believe this could be not the end but a new beginning for PCM, and we pray that, in Godâ€™s grace, they will go from strength to strength and see the lives of countless children transformed. Already, PCM and the people of Pukusu are benefitting from the agricultural and fish-farming expertise of ACDI-VOCA, an organisation we were able to connect with PCM before the end of our partnership. This input could dramatically change the diet of Pukusuâ€™s children.
I wonder whether anything good might be holding you back from something great. Is there anything which, even though itâ€™s good in itself, is stopping you from growing and from pressing on into the plans God has for you? Might now be the time to say goodbye to it?