Monday’s Menu 12.20.21
Having Your Fruit
The countdown is on to the big celebration: the birth of our Lord and Savior. Many lists receive check marks as the items listed there are completed. Shopping, wrapping, and cleaning all take place in preparation for the days ahead.
As you look at the menu you are preparing for your loved ones, I ask you to take a moment and see if you have included fruit on that list. Specifically: Fruit of the Spirit. Contents include: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Sharing this fruit with those around you may be one of the greatest gifts you can give this season. The eye contact and smile gift acknowledgement of the person to whom you are sending them. The wave ahead at the stop sign to let the hurried pedestrian or driver move along on their journey provide them the gift of generosity and kindness. Biting your tongue to keep a quick sharp response from hurting the recipient strengthens your self-control and offers love toward the challenging member of your conversation.
Monday’s Menu 12.20.21 in Scripture
|Galatians 5:22 NRSV – Bible Gateway
22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
Each of these elements brings a sweetness to your life when you choose to share them. The wonderful thing is that not only does your life become sweetened, but so too do the lives of those to whom you are extending the gifts of the Fruit of the Spirit! As you gather around the table for your meals, be sure to add some fruit to your table.
Enjoy sharing the Fruit of the Spirit this season!