Day 17: Fruitfulness

A tree that bestows

the fruit of an apple

knows the branch will

support birth to happen.

 

It doesn’t look to

bananas, oranges,

and such

to determine the worth

of its yielding clutch.

 

Faith in that color,

soon to unfold,

is all the tree needs

on which to hold.

 

For it trusts His design;

branches bring forth

the nourishment

it lends

to both man and earth.

 

It never pretends

to bud something

it’s not;

faith only clings to

His guiding thought.

 

And, one of these days

when faithful fruit is spent,

it will return to Him

from which life was lent.

 

Before you begin your day:

Do you find yourself looking to others to determine the wealth of what you clutch? Who are they? Why? Do you trust their words to lend nourishment?

 

Today, so many formed ideas derive from media. Rooted in their point of view, they relay guidance. Some agenda, once again, counsel their actions and words. They motivate you to buy something, believe in something, fight for something, vote for something... the exhausting list continues. They give you their opinion, and you are "invited" to either agree or disagree - period. But, whatever you decide, criticism follows. In all the news broadcasts, commercials, Facebook blasts, tweets, and ads, do you hear mention of God? Can you perceive His point of view or agenda in the verbiage that others choose? How about yours?

 

It is quite easy to find nourishment in the greatness of the opinions with which we agree. It is another to identify it in someone else's. Ponder for a moment Mark 12: 31. "Love your neighbor as yourself." Do you think this applies solely to those views similar to ours? 

 

I know, we are all saying, of course not. Yet, you turn on the news, and the reporters vehemently justify their cause. Or, flip through social media and read the violent attacks among those that don't agree.

 

Let us look at the questions above again. Do you find yourself looking to the ideas of others for guidance - formation? What are they? Why? Would you trust them to lend nourishment to Him? 

 

What would a news story or a social media post look like if one typed the first letter with Mark 12: 31 guiding their hand. What if they asked: What would Jesus say or type at this very moment? How do I provide His nourishment rather than my own? Is His agenda an integral part of mine?

 

If we are to love our neighbor as our self, does this apply to the neighbor's opinion? Should we try and understand the root of their point of view? What fruit might this impression be able to offer? What if we return to Him this Lent nourishment in every word we choose. May we attempt to see His root in all the fruit presented to us. Would this reaction provide all His fruitfulness.

 

During your day:

Let your conversation be always full of grace,

seasoned with salt, 

so that you may know how to answer everyone.

(Colossians 4: 6) 

 

Ephesians 4: 29; Proverbs 15: 4; Matthew 15: 11; John 15: 1-8

 

Throughout your day:

INHALE: I am Your faithful fruit.

EXHALE: May I offer nourishment.

(repeat as many times as needed)

 

Before you end your day:

You did not choose me, but I chose you

and appointed you to go and bear fruit -

fruit that will last.

Then the Father will give you

whatever you ask in My name. 

This is my commandment -

Love one another.

(John 15: 16-17)

Amen.

 

Goodnight; sleep well; know you are blessed.

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