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How to Store Fresh Fruit
by Barbara Thompson-Young
08/06/07
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Yesterday, I cleaned out the vegetable and fruit bins of my fridge. The
vegetables had rotted, except for a bag of cut celery.

The fruit bin was worse. At first glance, the apples and grapes looked
somewhat "normal", but on closer inspection, I could see mold beginning
to take up residence on the apples.

And the bag of grapes? Mold had already moved in and made itself at home.
I tossed it all down the disposal, then made an unusual discovery:

Underneath all the fruit in that bin, lay a world of decay. There were
colors of purple, black, gray, green and yellow mushy undergrowth.

As I removed most of it with a paper towel, I scolded myself for not cleaning
out the fridge more often, and for allowing food to rot.

I poured hot, soapy water in both bins and allowed them to soak
awhile. With a brush, I scrubbed away any "tell-tell" signs of mold and
old fruit, then repeated the process, before rinsing and drying.

My refrigerator bins were ready for more fresh fruit. I gave a contented
sigh as I filled them with a couple bags of fresh, crisp apples.

That's when the truth hit me, as I mumbled, "Those bins are like my life,
at times."

You see, my life holds God's presence. The evidence is, "the fruit of the
Spirit" He has given me to share with others.

When I do not share him, His Spirit lies dormant within me, and spiritual
fungi sets in. My rotten "fruit" is then good for just one thing.....the garbage disposal.

On the other hand, as I share Him with those I come in contact with,
there is a continual giving out and taking in of His Spirit.

My fruit is always fresh.

Something to chew on.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control....” Galatians 5:22-23


Blessings,
Barbara Thompson-Young

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Diane Bertrand 05 Oct 2007
Great reminder. Thanks, Barbara. Diane
Joyce Poet 17 Sep 2007
Powerful lesson! Chewing away... hoping not to choke on it. :)
Patricia Bankhead 06 Aug 2007
When I do not share him, His Spirit lies dormant within me, and spiritual fungi sets in. My rotten "fruit" is then good for just one thing.....the garbage disposal...I like this part. This reminds me of Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If we don't bare fruit for God we are useless for His kingdom. Thanks for sharing this. I am have been blessed.
Traci O 06 Aug 2007
I enjoyed this article. That is exactly what happens when we get stagnant and don't abide in the vine.




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