Scott and I have started going to a new church since our move to the country. It's about 3 minutes from our house and full of our neighbors. It already feels like home for both of us. I didn't think we would find that together, so I'm incredibly happy!
The sermon yesterday really got me thinking. About a lot of things but mainly about the fruit I'm bearing.
Am I patient? Not as much as I'd like. Am I gracious and forgiving? Not as much as I'd like. Am I selfless? Not as much as I'd like.
See the theme I have going there? I don't like it. At all.
I am human. I am not perfect. But I can be better about how I view and interact with other people. I try really hard to see things from others' perspectives, but it isn't always easy and it doesn't always happen.
So what fruit would I like to bear? Patience for sure. Love. Forgiveness. Selflessness. Graciousness. Compassion.
Looking at all that is a little overwhelming. But I know that taking it one at a time, I will get where I want to be. I also know that I need to pray for help to get there, as well as immerse myself in His word. I can't get there on my own. I know that.
So my question for you is what fruit are you bearing? Do you like what you are putting out to the world? Because here's the truth. What you put out is what you get back.
Give out hatred and judgment, that's what you'll get in return. Give out love and patience, and that's what you'll get in return.
I don't know about you but I'd love a little more love and patience coming back at me!! And in today's crazy world, we can ALL use a little more love and patience.
Let's work on putting love out there. To everyone. Even to those people who you think don't deserve it. Because let's be real...they're the people who need it the most.
So I'm sending love to all of you today. Pure, sweet love. No expectations of anything in return. Just bask in the love I'm sending you!
Have a beautiful day! And work with me on spreading the love!!
With love and wellness,