Thursday, September 19, 2002

Use Your Fruit

I've been thinking, today, about the two paths that present themselves when we face a difficult situation or person. We can protect ourselves against the person or event, we can call out to God, we can wonder why this is happening to us and what we did "wrong" to bring it on. Or we can use our fruit. The thought is that knowing God doesn't guarantee anyone a carefree life; rather it gives us the resources to transform a dark and difficult path to one filled (or at least beginning to glow) with the light of understanding and love. I sometimes forget that I carry that light. And, I'm sorry to admit, I sometimes forget that you carry it, too. We've been given a great resource, a magic potion, a truly transforming elixir that every hurting person in the world (including us) needs: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against these there is no law." We all know it: Love changes things. :) k

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