Some of you remember the days when your parents or grandparents covered their upholstered furniture in clear plastic. Several of my childhood friends had ‘living’ rooms in their homes that never got used. You could LOOK at the ‘living’ room but you could not use it. Kind of crazy for a room that is designated as a ‘living’ room. Perhaps the term ‘show’ room would have been a more accurate description of such rooms. And IF you ever did get to sit on such furniture you quickly learned that it was hot and sticky. Not to mention that after a few years, the clear plastic covering turned into a clingy yellowish color, like the color of a nicotine stained finger.
In my estate sale escapades over the years, I have run across some of these plastic covered relics from the past. Upon spotting them, I’ve wondered if the deceased owners could do it all over again, would they have made it more about the ‘living’ room rather than the ‘show’ room.
In Galatians 5:22,23 we are given a list of nine fruits of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Fruit, like furniture is meant to be shared. No one has ever heard of a fruit show room. And God’s fruit is good fruit. It is nutritious. It restores health and vitality. It is good for the ‘body’. God never intended for his children to leave his fruit on the shelf. He expects us to share it. What a blessing it is to take advantage of the opportunities before us to bless others while we can. Fruit has a shelf life, so let’s use it while we are able. There are no ‘do-over’ once they are holding our estate sales.