LIVE: Transform By The Spirit — In Season

LIVE!…By the Spirit™ with Dr. Kathleen E. Walls

In Season!

© 2013 Kathleen E. Walls, Psy.D.

June 6, 2013

ImageWe are encouraged to have our daily intake of fruit throughout the year.  But we all know that there is something about fruit that is “in season.”  When fruit is “in season,” it is the juiciest and the sweetest…it is ripe to perfection.

During the Spring and Summer, many of us look forward to fruit being “in season.”  At this time, we happily partake in fruit salads, smoothies, and our favorite desserts topped with strawberries, blueberries, and other delicious treats provided by Mother Earth.

Have you ever had a piece of fruit that was sooo good that you just wanted to share it with someone because you couldn’t believe how good it tasted or because you wanted someone else to experience how Great that piece of fruit could taste? 

The smell and color of ripe fruit beckons you to it.  I once read something to the essence of  “the purpose of fruit is to provide a pleasing color, smell, taste and nutrients, and when it is not eaten it has not served its purpose.”  That simple message had such a strong impact and influence on me.  First, the message caused me to be more cognizant of eating fruit before it spoils so that it’s purpose has been served.  I then thought about Galatians 5:22 – 23a

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…

Then my questions began…

  • Am I ripe?  Am I “in season”?
  • What spiritual fruit needs to stay on the “vine/tree” and ripen a little longer?  Which of the “fruit of the Spirit” do I need to work on…faithfulness, forbearance, etc.?
  • Just as ripe fruit is bright, attractive, full of nutrients, and aromatically pleasing, do any of my Spiritual characteristics have the same effect on people?  When I interact with others, does peace and love exude from my being? What spiritual fruit is so ripe that it bursts open and the “juice” overflows?

This simple message now permeated my being.  I began to recognize as well as look for opportunities that were Divinely given so that the fruit of my Spirit would “ripen” and I would be “in season.”

I encourage you to take some time and think about the Fruit of the Spirit.  If each characteristic were a literal piece of fruit, which pieces would need to stay on the proverbial vine a little longer and be tended to?

Which pieces would be ripe, “in season”, and ready to be shared with others?   Take some time to take inventory and tend to your “spiritual garden.”  When you are ready, know that we look forward to you  being “in season” and sharing your fruit with the world.

God Bless and Live by the Spirit!

Spiritual Resources from Dr. Kat!

The G.R.E.A.T.E.S.T. Soul Journey (paperback)

[The G.R.E.A.T.E.S.T. Soul Journey (e-book)]

[The G.R.E.A.T.E.S.T. Soul Journey (audiobook)]

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