“What Does (or would) the fruit of a “heart of wisdom” look like in your life?”
The text (not from a phone:)) focused on “Numbering our days.” Making our days count for something other than us merely taking up space on this planet.
In Zig Ziglers, Daily Insights devotional, he poses a question or two. The above question was the one for that days reading.
So I started pondering about fruit and what that referred to in his question.
The first thing I think about fruit, is that it should be beautiful, ripe and tasty.
Or my thoughts go to, the often thrown out fruit, that has gone bad in my fridge. I also remember the peaches, from a tree I once had. These peaches were so abundant, but they would drop to the ground and rot because we couldn’t keep up with the harvesting. Finally this fruit tree was no more! Taken out by it’s root system so it wouldn’t ever be a peach tree again.
Because my platform (meaning the principles I do my life from) in life is all things “Words,” my mind automatically went to the fruit of my “heart of wisdom” in relationship to my words. The words I think, speak and write are what my heart produces. And it is my desire that the words I think, speak and write are wise! I want this for myself as well as truly desiring it for you as well.
Because I like my crazy peach tree, want to produce good and consumable fruit in my life. I want to be a person that God can say “Well done my good and faithful servant”. Rather than Him needing to remove me by my roots somehow, for not living in and doing His will.
When I think about my words being wise, it seems daunting. And it especially is, when my words are my weakness, as well as my strength. I know none of you have ever had your foot in your mouth or been completely exhausted by a hard conversation, but I certainly have.
But then, there are the times when I get the gift of affirmation and encouragement from someone, and I am high as a kite for days!!! (Not to be confused with my pre-sanity days of addiction) If you’ve ever read author Gary Chapman’s book on the Five Love Languages, you too have discovered how you can be best-loved by others. If you haven’t, I highly encourage you to add it to your reading list. From his list of five, My top love language is “Words of Affirmation.” Surprise, surprise!
So in answering Zig’s question. My fruit from “the heart of wisdom” came to me as a list of “P’s” taken from a Bible verse in the book of 2 Timothy, verses 23-25, that says: To reject foolish and ignorant conversations. Also not to engage in heated disputes, but be kind toward everyone. And that an apt teacher be patient and gentle in her application and sharing of the truth.
So the fruit that I hope and pray to always produce would be:
- PEACEABLE — I would be kind to everyone with the intention of, not quarreling or having foolish arguments. And to be a calming influence.
- PURPOSEFUL — I want everyone to know God personally. To know that you can live the life and be the person that God designed you to be before you were born.
- PRACTICAL – I want to be instructive, with the simplicity of application in the ways of God and the living out His Words and Ways.
- PRAISEFILLED — I want my words to be encouraging and affirming to you my reader, while at the same time to always be giving God the glory in all things.
I like to think that “wise words will endure.” That my words will have a positive and life giving lasting effect on those that I would speak to. Whether through my blog or in my everyday conversations with others.
My prayer for you today, is that your words as well would be praise worthy. And that you could say and feel in your heart that all is well with your soul too!
“And all IS well with my soul today:)”