A Fruitful Summer

This morning as pink tinged the horizon, the birds chirped their greetings to the dawn, and the moment the sun peeked through the trees, a rooster crowed. Summer mornings are a delight.

Another summer delight is the myriad of colorful fruits we can find in the grocery store. They’re fun in green salads and good for diets. I have one fruit salad recipe a friend calls “better than Turkish Delight.”

One thing my daughter loves about how her 2-year-old eats is the fact that he considers fruit a dessert. There are some fruits so sweet they are like dessert to me too, mangoes for instance and dates.

This week Dale has prepared a fruit salad for us which overflows with honeydew melon, green grapes, kiwis, mint and poppy seeds. Plus a touch  of honey. I can’t wait, can you?

Summer Fruit Salad

You will need:

1/2 Honey Dew Melon   1 cup Green Grapes
3 Kiwis                              1 Lime

2 Tablespoons Honey     2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds

2 Tablespoons chopped Fresh Mint     1 teaspoon Salt

4 Lettuce Leaves

Preparation:

1. Peel and cut honey dew melon into cubes.

2. Cut grapes in half.

3. Peel kiwi. Cut off two ends and peel down with a paring knife. Then slice.

4. Chop mint.

5. Juice lime

Mix:

Mix all ingredients together, but set some poppy seeds aside.

Serve:

1. Line four plates with lettuce leaves.

2. Spoon fruit onto lettuce.

3. Sprinkle rest of poppy seeds on top.

4. Add a sprig of mint.

The joy of green

Food for Thought:

                                     Bearing Fruit

My husband and I are learning to gauge our spiritual maturity by reviewing the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) Do I love? Have I joy? What about peace patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? Where are we weak? Where are we strong?

To bear fruit is to produce results. Think about the sweet response you receive when you show love to a toddler and the difference your faithfulness to family and friends makes in your relationships. When we let the Spirit flow freely through us, we become productive in many wonderful ways.

But I wonder if this list in Galatians is exhaustive? Consider “truthfulness” and how often it is mentioned in scripture. Satan is labeled the deceiver, the father of lies. Ananias and Sapphira were struck down because they told half-truths to the early church. God wanted his church to know from the beginning how crucial it is for us to speak the truth.

A person who lives a clandestine life may not tell outright lies, but his way will be littered with half-truths. He will become trapped in the rubble of his prevarications. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Every violation of truth is a stab at the health of human society.”

“The truth shall make you free” (John 8:32 NASV).  It is a stubborn, knotted thread miraculously untied, a tangle of live wires coming straight, safe, and clean.

Another virtue that may well be a fruit of the Spirit is a fruitful mind. I Corinthians 14:14-15 in the Message tells us God doesn’t want us to let our minds lie fallow or our intelligence be wasted. Proverbs teaches us the importance of examining our lives. Because Paul was familiar with the philosophy of the Greeks, he was able to speak to them where they were. Daniel was well-versed in the language and literature of Babylon and so was selected to be an increasingly honored servant of the king. His life became a string of marvelous rescues, visions and dreams that still strengthen our faith today.

We need to be widely-read, informed, ever challenging ourselves to a deeper understanding in many areas—ready to discuss current books and movies, in touch with the heart of our culture, so we can converse intelligently on a variety of subjects. Otherwise, the world will continue to scoff at our simple faith. “As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without culture, so the mind without cultivation can never produce good fruit. (Seneca)

An alert, perceptive mind is like a geode. The further you delve into it the more wonders you find.

Let us be fruitful people—loving, faithful, gentle, truthful and wise—that we may glorify Him.

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