Keep it Ripe, Keep it Tight!

28 01 2010

Many of us begin a new year with a goal to hit the gym.  I know I do!  Especially after I eat all the good food, cakes and pies over the holidays.  Now the only way we will truly be successful with losing weight or toning up our bodies, takes commitment, patience and time.   Commitment to go to that gym as well as watching what we eat.  Patience and time because it will not take a microwave like experience to change our bodies so that we are ready for bathing suit season.  Instead it is much more like a slow cooker process and sometimes I just get plain ole’ frustrated right in the middle of it all!!!  Frustrated because I can’t see the results immediately of all of my commitment to getting up and hitting that gym– yes I need patience and time!!!! Well this is exactly the same process we must also go through if we want to produce the fruit of the spirit.

 “For whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” –Galatians 6:7b

Here the commitment, patience and time is what we may call seed time and harvest.  So if we look at growing the fruits of the spirit from this same perspective then I must ask you, what do you think a farmer does when they first plant a seed?  They come back and water it EVERYDAY, day after day.  They water a ground that has no trace of anything coming up from it, pouring water on lifeless dirt and do you know why?  Because they want it to grow!  They don’t give up!!  They stay committed to it and come back day after day to water that dog on seed and this growth does not happen overnight and because they stick with it, they receive their harvest! Well ladies, this is the same thing we will need if we want to produce fruit in our lives.  Yes, it takes the same thing to keep our fruit ripe as it does to keep our bodies tight, it takes commitment, patience and time so that over time, as we work out our minds we get them to a place where we are producing fruit on a daily basis.  So that we indeed reap what we sow!!!  We reap the benefits of not giving up on watering that seed or going to that gym although we go day after day at the beginning and see nothing changing at all!!!

Now I must tell you often times I don’t feel like going to the gym and instead wish that I could just have a microwave experience and POW have it NOW!   You know like getting a little nip and tuck so I can just be done with it!  While that may be an option for our bodies this isn’t an option toward growing fruit that is ripe, and what does ripe mean?  It means to be fully developed and this is the same place we are working toward this year as we develop the fruits of the spirit in our lives.  For too long, some of us have lived in a place where we have not been able to fully develop our gifts, which means we have not been watering our  fruit and in order to do so we may indeed need to change the way we have been doing things.   Ya know like maybe we need to check ourselves and renew our minds.

“And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable will of God.”  Romans 12:2

This year, as we take this journey together, this calls for us to look at ourselves with a new pair of lenses or maybe even to change our reaction to things all together.  It is a transformed self that we want when we focus on keeping it ripe, keeping it tight?  We want a whole new body when we step foot in that gym.  Isn’t that why we go?  So as we begin this journey of growing or watering our fruit, the transformation we are aiming for is to renew our minds so that what we think we become; so that as we perform we develop into; so that as we believe, we receive.   Just as if we go to the gym we are focused on shifting body fat into muscle; for us here to grow the fruits of the sprit we must focus on shifting negative thinking into positive thinking.  Negative behavior into positive behavior. Negative character into positive character. 

It is this positive character that becomes the muscle that keeps us ripe and keeps us tight so that this positivity then becomes what is produced in our lives.  Let me explain it this way, you know once you get to that perfect body, all toned, you can eat whatever you want and your body will not be affected.  Yes you can eat that occasional piece of pecan pie and your tightness will not shift.  Do you know why, because when you are tight, one little temptation does not affect you because your body is in order and you keep it that way!  That’s because you have kept it tight!!! If ya don’t know what I mean, just think LL Cool J….whew…OK I digress…LOL 

Let’s do the same thing of building up our minds and keep them ripe so that when things come in and try to steel our joy, we will be so ripe that it will not be able to touch us and take our peace!!!!   Let’s all work together to tighten up our character, our mind set, our outlook and in so doing keep our fruit ripe!  So it’s not just about knowing what the fruits of the spirits are, it’s also about continuing to produce them in our life. This is what I call, keep it ripe, keep it tight!    

 “Always do your best.  What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Oq Mandino

 “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 “We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly….spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.” – Susan Taylor

 “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right” – Nelson Mandela

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly

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