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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Rotten Apples

Part of being a home schooling family is that we spend a lot of time together, which has its positives and negatives. A negative sometimes is that we get on each other's nerves. Well this morning the boys were in that situation. Neither of them were thinking of the other, so their bad attitudes were wearing on each other. After a short walk around the neighborhood, and having to share positive qualities about their brother, they returned home in a better frame of mind.

This afternoon I finally got around to working with three baskets of apples that had fallen off our tree. They had been waiting for a while, so a number of them were starting to rot. As they rotted, they also tended to infect the apples around them. As I dealt with the spoiling apples I was reminded of my boy's attitude this morning.

Both boys had an attitude and were infecting each other. Isn't that true of most of us? We tend at times to have a lousy attitude about something or someone, and we "share" it with whomever we contact. But God calls us to go beyond being a rotten apple. We have to ask Him to peel away the spots and turn us into apples of gold. "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." (Proverbs 25:11) Are you in need of having God carve away some rotten things in your heart? Why don't you ask Him to do that today?

1 comment:

Sisterlisa said...

Excellent article! I wish I woould have thought of it first. lol You did a great job with your boys.