Hello! My name is Bethany. I am from Alaska and are attending nursing school in Indiana. I love fellowship, coffee, talking, and Jesus [but not necessarily in that order]. If you want to chat or get to know me [because I would sure LOVE to get to know you] you can find me at:
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Choosing fruit is choosing to live a healthy life [that hopefully involves more than just fruit]. I think we can all agree on that, right?
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, I am supposed to eat two cups of fruit a day for my age group [19-30]. Two whole cups. That’s a lot.
What kind of fruit do you like? I like berries, almost any kind. Unfortunately, I am a poor college student and sometimes don’t feel like spending a billion dollars on raspberries [my absolute favorite].
But maybe your kids don’t like fruit. Let’s be honest, maybe you don’t like fruit either.
I admit, there are fruits I do not like. I ate a total of two bananas last year. That was a huge milestone for me! Some people eat two bananas in a day! Weirdos. To celebrate me eating those two bananas….I won’t be eating bananas this year. I’m joking….but really.
Are you getting enough fruit in your daily diet?
I know what you’re thinking. “Oh. No. She is going all nurse on me.”
Take a deep breath.
Are you getting enough fruit in your diet?
Are you giving enough fruit daily?
Giving. Wait…giving? You want me to give fruit?
Paul [this awesome guy in the Bible] wrote an awesome letter to the churches in Galatia [a region of present day Turkey]. The fruit I am talking about is summed up in two verses, that’s it. Two. The number of bananas I ate last year.
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Over the next few months, I would love it if you would join me on a study developing our spiritual fruit. Sometimes I wonder, “Would someone know I was a Christian apart from the fact that I was busy on Sunday mornings?” Maybe it is Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, or even Saturday nights. The point is, would they know?
We have all heard the phrase “WWJD” or “What Would Jesus Do”? It is a phrase learned by young children everywhere. Maybe you had it on a cool key chain or a beautifully colored bracelet when you were younger. In reality, the message of “WWJD” isn’t just for the youngsters in Sunday School. There are adults acting like children who claim to be Christ followers, myself included. People who struggle showing love to the waitress who messed up their order. People who struggle having patience with their children. People who struggle having joy on any given day. Are you one of them? I sure am.
Our culture focuses so much on our outward appearance.
I believe when the inside is beautiful, the outside will match.
My challenge to you today is to think: What would Jesus do?
It seems like a lot when you put it in a list like that. [I am a list maker.]
Are you someone who gets overwhelmed easily. [I am!]
I put those periods at the end of each word just for you. [And for myself.]
We are going to take it one step at a time.
Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start. [Yes, the Sound of Music is my favorite movie. It's right next to Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I also sang those words in my head as I typed them.] We will be starting on the subject of love in a few weeks, and I hope that you will join us.
Choosing fruit is choosing to live a healthy life. Choosing to live out the spiritual fruit is choosing to live a godly life.
Until next time,
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