The pic you see at the beginning of this blog post is a door that separates our living room from the dining room. Around the holidays, it sports Christmas cards from friends and loved ones. As we took down the decorations, my 19 year old daughter felt that this space was kinda bare! So she went to work on this project that took her all of a couple of days.
This from my offspring who, also struggles with depression, introvertedness (if that’s a word lol), and a myriad of other struggles most of us have.
Here’s the thing though: she is anti-social, doesn’t like hugs, saying “I love you” first, and on the surface, she appears to be callous and unfeeling. For whatever reason, this is who my daughter is, and behavior that we have grown to accept. We have always challenged her, since she is a Christian, to bear more fruit. She doesn’t put herself out there, volunteer for anything….serve.
But, she is a young woman I respect and love because of her uncanny ability to have a sense of humor where it is hard to have one, she doesn’t worry about what is going on or fret over life’s decisions. She is an outside of the box thinker, very much like Jesus wants us to be. The ways of the world don’t bother her, and she doesn’t think mainstream society. I am only mentioning my daughter and this thing she created, because it reminds me DAILY that people are watching me. The “seeds” of the fruit of the spirit are a constant reminder in my face every day as I sit to do Bible study, think, or blog.
We always say that if we are Christ Followers, we should be bearing fruit! Jesus talks extensively about it, and so does Paul. One of his most famous letters is in Galatians 5:19-23
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
The meticulous effort of my daughter, putting all the seeds of the fruit of the spirit is, in of itself a fruit. A beautiful, thoughtful, loving FRUIT. Put there to remind us of the lives we MUST BE living as Christ Followers!
Are you loving the “unlovable” today? Are you teaching the “unteachable”? Are you serving as Christ served? Are you patient, loving, kind, joyful, peaceful, GOOD, Faithful, gentle, and are you operating under the self control of the Holy Spirit?
Then, GOOD! ~ Peace Mike