Friday, May 25, 2012

red lady

 Have you ever seen such a huge papaya?  
This is a Red Lady papaya, our favorite kind!
They are so sweet, and beautiful, too!

 This is the Red Lady in contrast to the more common papaya,
pictured at the bottom of the photo.
These common papaya are more golden in color, and tend to be a little more bitter.

 Mixed together with some fresh mango and pineapple,
this is the most delicious tropical fruit salad around!

We wish we could bring a big bowl of it to share with you!
But instead, you'll just have to come and visit us
when we get back to this island!

As the distinct flavors of these fruits compliment one another,
so it is with the body of Christ, and the fruit that she bears.
We have not all been designed to bear the same fruit.
Your life and work look different than ours. 
Taken together, it's most pleasing, 
not because we're all passionate about the same work,
but because of the very variety of the fruit we produce.

 I am the vine; you are the branches. 
Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, 
for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

Have you, like me, ever expected others to catch your passion for a certain work?
I want to pause and just give thanks for the beautiful things He's accomplishing through others 
precisely because they don't do the work I do!

1 comment:

Carl G. said...

Beautiful, Barb! Thanks for your warm embrace of the awesome variety of God's Kingdom team.