My Patience Fruit

Sunday, June 30, 2013

My favorite part of church this morning was a story Pastor Carmen told about her nephew. He'd been studying the fruits of the Spirit in Sunday School, and came home each week with a construction paper fruit cut-out inscribed with one of the "fruits." You know, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. You totally knew those by heart, didn't you?

Anyway, her sister kept those fruit cut-outs and put them on the refrigerator. They came in handy. When a child misbehaved, she would point to the applicable fruit. "Those words don't sound very joyful, mister." (Genius.)

One day, Carmen was over and she found her nephew sitting on the stairs. "What's up?" she asked. He looked bummed. He held up a construction paper banana. "I'm workin' on my patience fruit."

I'm still chuckling about that. I don't know her nephew, but I can see a boy - maybe one of mine - in such a position. I can empathize with his plight. I'm considering getting up right now and finding some yellow construction paper . . . Heck, I need a fruit basket full of reminders.

This past week was a whirlwind. I've enjoyed going back to work "officially" more than I anticipated. I've been especially fortified and encouraged by your words of support both here and in person. Thank you. I've been surprised by my ability to compromise in areas I once considered non-negotiable: it's okay if I arrive five minutes late somewhere, and if the boys need to dig clean shorts out of the laundry basket, so be it. I'm not sure how to explain the way my shoulders have loosened a bit since I actually put more on my plate.

Maybe a banana hit me in the head.

What fruit is the most challenging for you? How do you keep it in mind?

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4 Responses to “My Patience Fruit”

  1. What a wonderful idea! I need some of those fruits on my fridge. And a big patience banana in my pocket! Great article.

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  2. Dear Courtney
    Oh, this is wonder of our God!! It is Hs fruit He produces in our lives, not ours. All we need to do is to abide in the Vine, our Lord Jesus!! Perhaps He hit you with a banana over the head!
    Blessings
    Mia

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  3. I need a bushel of bananas to hit me on the head. :-) Love the stories, both of the nephew and of your own journey being easier than you anticipated. May we all be more patient with ourselves! The Lord certainly is patient with us.

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  4. I had to go back to the other page to see what you were talking about. This is so exciting. I love the other post -- so often we get wrapped up in how we should feel instead of seeing things through God's eyes -- shifting to His perspective. How often have I gotten so lost and locked into my own?

    I am really excited about this new opportunity for you -- to see how you and your husband will work together.

    So much grace to you.

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