A few weeks ago the Children and Youth Director, Rachel Fisher, came to me and asked if she could borrow my office tree for an object lesson. When she returned it a few days later it had fruit shaped pieces of construction paper, with the fruits of the spirit written on them, tied to the tree. The children had colored on the construction paper fruit, and it was quite festive!
I recently found myself reflecting on the message of my tree. Love, do I demonstrate love to the people I encounter every day, do I show them the love of Christ and love them enough to lead them to Him. Joy, am I joyful each day, even in the little tasks that don’t seem fun or seem almost tedious. Peace, do I have peace in my heart, even when I am surrounded by the chaos that surrounds so many that I encounter everyday. Longsuffering, am I patient with my clients. Kindness, am I kind, not just with the clients it is easy to love, but to them all. Goodness, am I doing what is good and right. Faithfulness, am I showing those around me that I am a faithful friend, that I will be there for them. Gentleness, am I speaking and acting in gentility or am I being harsh. Self-Control, even when I am having a bad day, or not feeling well, am I showing self-control or am I allowing my emotions to take over.
This festive fruit filled tree has made such an impact on my life in the past few weeks. It reminds me daily what my life as a Christian should be like.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law
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