So far, so good, as far as eating more fruit this year! Once a week, there’s a big job of cutting the shell off of the pineapple, and off the cantaloupe, washing the grapes, and shredding up the cabbage, or perhaps washing and peeling carrots to munch on… etc.
Hopefully eating more fruit doesn’t mean gaining more weight… since we recently had the depressing realization that some clothes are getting tighter. :(
I’ve also memorized my first scripture pretty good: “I will praise the Lord who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord; with him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:7-8 (Perfect! Except for some punctuation.) Not that I’ll remember it when the next one is done. However, this one seems like a good verse for a picture… I’ll have to work on that.
For the spiritual kind of fruit: our sermons lately (on Ephesians 4 and 5) have been about holiness–putting off the old self, being imitators of God, etc. We know the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians–peace, patience, kindness, self-control… etc. Someone mentioned once that these are fruits we enjoy within, as we know God better (through the Spirit). But last Sunday one of the verses talked about the “fruit of the light”, which was interesting. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8-10) As Pastor Jonathan pointed out, not “you once were *full* of darkness… you are *full* of light” etc., but “you *were* once darkenss… now you *are* light…”
The “find out” part refers to not only studying God’s Word, alone and with others, but actually putting it into practise; because that is part of how we learn/”find out”, of course, including failures and mistakes.
The rest of the sermon talked about living with focus, making the most of the time; and being filled with the Spirit, which entails worship (and worship includes a horizontal aspect, of reminding each other of God’s wonderfulness). Great stuff!
The “fruit” idea continues in the next verse: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Eph. 5:11) You expose them by not compromising your values, but living them in the midst of others, who will sometimes be offended because their “deeds of darkness” are being shown up. (That’s part of “being” light!) Continuing on, Paul also says that “everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” That would be those who respond positively instead.
A pretty good start to my One Word, “fruit”!
Now, for the next memory verse, hmmm, which one…. ?
OH, and another new thing we’ve started (as a result of watching a Market Place episode on plastic-wrapped groceries): working on “zero plastic”. There’s a trend towards “zero waste”, but we’re lucky if we can manage “zero plastic”. In fact, I’m not sure we ever will, entirely. But hopefully we can cut down more and more. It’s been a big job already, and we’re hoping to make quite a few changes, so we’ll see!